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Charges: Woman killed her boyfriend, told police it was suicide

Vivian Jones will make her first court appearance Wednesday.
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A Minneapolis woman has been charged in the July shooting of her boyfriend, Hennepin County Attorney Mark Freeman announced Tuesday.

According to Freeman’s office, Vivian Jones, 37, has been charged with intentional second-degree murder.

On July 31, Minneapolis police responded to a call at around 7:50 p.m. that a man had shot himself. The victim was Jones’ boyfriend, who was unresponsive with a gunshot wound behind his right ear. He was pronounced dead at around 8 p.m.

Jones told officers the two had gotten into a fight after the victim had crashed her car. Jones said she locked the victim out of the house, but that he made his way inside with a gun.

Jones said the victim then walked into the bedroom and held the gun to his head. Jones said she grabbed the magazine, but he still shot himself in the head. She said she didn’t know where the gun was but speculated it could be in the nightstand, where it was eventually found.

After a second gunshot wound was found on the victim’s leg, Jones was interviewed by investigators.

After police said she was being booked into jail on suspicion of murder, she said "I did shoot him in the leg. I'm sorry for lying." Jones then told police she shot him in the leg after he returned with her vehicle, saying "When he first came back, that's when I did that to his leg. That's how I got him back out the door."

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She then said the victim shot himself in the head while she was trying to take the gun back from him, the complaint states.

Court documents note Jones was charged in 2006 with attempted murder and first-degree assault after she shot a woman twice. In her interview with investigators during this current case, she said the woman was "dealing with the same dude as me" so "I seen her and I shot her." Jones served approximately five years in prison in connection with that shooting.

If convicted, Jones could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder. She is currently being held on $1 million bail, a Minneapolis Police Department news release says. 

Jones will make her first court appearance Wednesday. 

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