Update: Baby of Slain Woman Taken Off Life Support and Dies

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

A man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend is facing multiple charges including first degree murder. Tuesday he made his first court appearance. Her baby lived for more than a day before she was taken off of life support and died 15 minutes later.

Lonnie Herrera is facing multiple charges including first degree murder in the death of his girlfriend Anna Macias. Macias was 8 1/2 months pregnant when Herrera allegedly shot her. The victim's family tells 11 NEWS Maria was born by an emergency c-section. The family had wanted to wait till Friday before choosing weather or not to remove baby Maria from life support. On Tuesday night Baby Maria was removed from life support and died.

On Tuesday District Attorney Pete Hautzinger says that if the baby died Herrera could be facing two murder charges. Hautzinger says if the baby passes away he would only prosecute Herrera for her death if the coroner rules it as a homicide. As of Wednesday afternoon, the coroner has not yet completed the autopsy.

Hautzinger adds that would be the second time an infant has died in Mesa County because of a criminal act on the mother and its impact may be felt all the way at the Capitol.

A memorial has been set up for Macias where she was killed Sunday night. People have been writing messages and putting up flowers in her memory.

Her family says she was loved by all that knew her.

Herrera's bond is set at $2 million. He's also facing charges of child abuse because two of Macias's kids were with her when Herrera shot her.


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  • by Anjelita Location: Aspen co. on Apr 14, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    I'm so sorry what has happened, I pray for her kids and her familia, lonnie needs to be put to death. people like him dont deserve to live on gods earth.
  • by Anonymous Location: Grand Junction on Apr 9, 2008 at 06:48 PM
    they both will be missed
  • by Anonymous Location: grand junction on Apr 3, 2008 at 08:07 AM
    we will miss both of them
  • by Jessie Location: Grand Junction on Apr 3, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    I cant believe this it just breaks my heart. He really needs to be doin life. You cant just be going around killing people and then getting away with it.
  • by steve Location: palisade on Apr 2, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    I feel Herrera should be charged with the murder of baby Maria.If he had not shot killing the mother Ana then Maria would have been born naturely.So therefore Herrera is and should be held responseable for both death's.
  • by lauralaura Location: seattle on Apr 1, 2008 at 09:48 PM
    this is so heartbreaking. i pray for Annas children and family.
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