Teen kills stepfather's girlfriend because he erroneously thought that she fought with his mother

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By: Chan Yuan 

A teen was arrested on charges of murder after killing his stepfather’s girlfriend, whom he thought fought with his mother, prosecutors in California said.

The 18-year-old man was charged with murdering the woman in South Los Angeles.

Jose Alberto Perez, 18, was charged with one count each of murder and assault with a deadly weapon as well as special weapon allegations.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Perez is accused of bringing a shotgun to his stepfather’s house in the 300 block of W. 56th Street.

Prosecutors said that Perez mistook his stepfather’s girlfriend for someone who had previously been in an altercation with his mom.

Perez confronted 35-year-old Yesenia DeLeon, and allegedly shot her once in the face, killing her. As Perez left the house, he is accused of firing his gun outside.

No one was injured. Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $2 million. If convicted as charged, Perez faces up to 25 years to life in prison.