Slain Grand Junction mother had asked judge to lift protection order
Grand Junction Correspondent
GRAND JUNCTION ” Last Wednesday, a woman told a judge she wanted to be with the father of her unborn child despite a protection order for past domestic violence.
Four days later, the father allegedly shot her dead in front of her children.
“We are expecting a baby together and he has been taking care of my other children,” 23-year-old Anna Macias said in a hand-written affidavit.
“He needs to be home with his family. Lonnie isn’t a threat to me and the children. He’s never put me or the kids in danger.”
County Court Judge Craig Henderson last Wednesday refused to lift a protection order for Macias, the alleged victim of domestic violence at the hands of 39-year-old Lonnie Ray Hererra in an incident on Feb. 19.
Herrera was arrested early Monday on a $2 million warrant for allegedly gunning down Macias outside Garden Village Apartments, 2601 Belford Ave., around 11:17 p.m. on Sunday.
Macias was shot once in the neck ” the bullet severed her carotid artery and severely damaged her spinal column, an arrest affidavit said.
Her unborn child ” witnesses at the scene Sunday night told officers she was six to seven months along in her pregnancy ” was delivered via emergency caesarian section.
The baby’s condition was unknown Monday afternoon.
The affidavit said the child was alive, but doctors said the infant would possibly suffer brain damage because of the mother’s injuries.
“Doctors told the family they were unsure if the baby would survive,” the affidavit said.
Kids watched mom’s shooting
Macias’ 8-year-old daughter told Grand Junction police detectives that she and her 4-year-old brother watched Sunday night as Herrera took aim at their mother.
The daughter told detectives she was at her grandmother’s home in Clifton on Sunday night when Herrera showed up in a van saying he “wanted Anna to leave with him.”
Macias and the two children drove with Herrera to a remote area, “with no houses around, all dirt, and some trees.”
“She said while there, Lonnie fire(d) a shot from a gun into the air,” the affidavit said.
The girl told detectives they then drove to Macias’ brothers’ residence at Garden Village Apartments ” “Uncle Petey” lived there.
“(Daughter) said she (and brother) got out of the van and were standing next to the van with her mother when Lonnie shot Anna,” the affidavit said.
She said the shot knocked her mother down and “partially into the van, stating Anna was drug as Lonnie pulled away in the van.”
“Angelica stated Lonnie was upset (because) Anna wouldn’t spend the night with him,” the affidavit said.
A resident of the complex described a white van speeding away after hearing a lone shot ” an adult female and younger child were standing on a sidewalk.
“(Resident) said she ran out to where the young female was standing and found an adult female on the ground, bleeding from the neck,” the affidavit said.
Another resident described hearing the shot and seeing a man run to the passenger side door of a parked van, before it sped away north toward Belford Avenue.
Macias’ sister told detectives that Herrera showed up at her house sometime around 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Sunday.
She hadn’t seen him in months.
Herrera left the home and the woman said she didn’t notice her van was missing until around 9:30 p.m.
Herrera’s mother told detectives that her son and Macias had been living at her home in Applewood Estates trailer park until about one month ago.
Herrera moved in following his release from prison in October 2007.
She kicked her son and Macias out because “they were always fighting,” the affidavit said.
Herrera allegedly beat Macias in February
Herrera on Feb. 19 allegedly punched Macias repeatedly in the head ” including several closed-fisted blows to her face ” as she was holding an infant child, according an arrest affidavit.
Macias told the deputy she and Herrera had been dating four months and they had an intimate relationship.
She said an argument started when she tried to walk out of their trailer home ” he blocked her exit out the front and back doors.
She said he’d been drinking that night.
Herrera was arrested March 17 on a Mesa County Sheriff’s warrant related to the incident and charged with third-degree assault, harassment, false imprisonment and child abuse resulting in no injury.
He was freed on $2,000 bond.
Macias’ affidavit requesting the judge lift a no-contact order in the case was filed with the court on March 21.
Herrera’s criminal history includes five trips to state prison and 16 arrests dating back to 1988 between Eagle, Garfield, Delta and Mesa counties, according to records with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
He faces charges in Mesa County of first-degree murder, felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a prior offender, reckless endangerment and misdemeanor child abuse.
District Attorney Pete Hautzinger on Monday said charges may be filed for injuries suffered by Macias’ child.
Hautzinger said he had yet to see medical reports for the injuries.
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