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Hearing set in shooting death

Staff Reports

A hearing is March 12 for a 39-year-old woman who has been in Douglas County Jail for nearly a year, charged in the 2011 shooting death of a Topaz Ranch Estates man.

District Attorney Mark Jackson and defense attorney Kris Brown agreed to the delay Tuesday to review the case against Jeanine Marie Escandon.

She is facing charges of open murder with use of a deadly weapon, and grand larceny of a motor vehicle.

Escandon has not been arraigned, and is being held in Douglas County Jail on $1 million bail.

Escandon is accused of shooting 59-year-old Norman Welch between Nov. 1-15, 2011, stealing his car, and driving to Los Angeles, where she fought extradition for four months. She was returned to Douglas County on March 9, 2012.

Escandon claimed she and Welch argued, and she shot him accidentally as he lay on the couch.

She reportedly told authorities she retrieved a handgun from the couch cushions and began walking around the house handling the firearm.

She said she didn’t realize it was loaded or that the hammer of the gun was back and cocked. She said when she was near the couch, the gun discharged, and a bullet struck Welch in the head as he lay on the couch.

Escandon said she panicked, grabbed Welch’s car keys and drove to Los Angeles, tossing the gun out the window at an undisclosed location.