California woman charged with murdering her sister and her little niece

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California woman and her boyfriend were charged Monday with the murder of her 18-year-old sister and 3-week-old niece who were shot dead in their Fresno home out of jealousy and sibling rivalry in September. authorities said.

Yarelly Solorio-Rivera, 22, and Martin Arroyo-Morales, 26, have each been charged with two counts of murder and one particular circumstance of multiple murders in the September 24 murders of Yanelly Solorio-Rivera and her baby , Celine, District of Fresno County. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Yarelly Solorio-Rivera was also charged with two enhancements of “personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing death”.

She and her boyfriend allegedly agreed to kill her sister, and she fired a 9mm handgun multiple times while her sister and niece slept, killing them both, prosecutors said.

It was not immediately clear whether Solorio-Rivera and Arroyo-Morales had retained attorneys who could speak on their behalf. They are to be arrested on Tuesday.

Fresno police arrested the couple last week and they are being held in Fresno County Jail on $2 million bond.

Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama said after the arrests that when officers arrived they found Yanelly Solorio-Rivera shot dead in her bed with her baby Celine in her arms. He said the motive was jealousy and sibling rivalry.

“The murder scene was traumatic for all officers, detectives, EMS personnel and crime scene technicians who responded to the scene,” he said.

He said detectives recovered surveillance video of a man leaving home in a rural part of Fresno who was later identified as Arroyo-Morales, whom Balderram described as a “verified gang member.”

If found guilty on all counts, they face life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

“The District Attorney’s Office is currently conducting the necessary analysis on whether to seek the death penalty and will make an announcement on this decision at a later date,” officials said.

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