Yvonne Ramirez has been charged with murder in the shooting of Joshua McKinney, after a date on New Year’s Eve
A 19-year-old Texas woman fatally shot the man she was dating on New Year’s Eve when he tried to recover the guns she had stolen from him, according to police and news reports.
Yvonne Ramirez, who was also shot, is claiming self-defense in the slaying of Joshua McKinney on a Baytown street, but Harris County Sheriff investigators did not find her story convincing and charged her with murder.
Prosecutors revealed that mother-of-one, Yvonne Raquel Ramirez established a plan to rob Joshua McKinney of his guns. The two recently met and had been spending time together. After she stole the guns, she allegedly demanded $2,000 in exchange for the weapons’ return. The two met off Mizell Street. That’s when things went south.
Yvonne Raquel Ramirez, [left] of Baytown had recently met Josh McKinney [right], a military academy graduate who was planning on joining the marines
A witness told cops that McKinney held a gun to Ramirez’s head after the $2,000 ransom demand in exchange for the stolen weapons, KTRK reports. McKinney allegedly, also had grabbed her by the neck, according to the witness.
The witness heard gunfire as she ran to call for help, according to the station.
McKinney was later found dead, and Ramirez was found with a shoulder wound. She told investigators that the gun fell and fired and struck him, according to the station. She later said she had seized the weapon and fired in self-defense.
Another witness said Ramirez tried to manipulate the victim’s body, and prosecutors said she also stole the dead man’s wallet.
However, prosecutor JoAnne Musick countenanced the wallet theft when she told the Baytown Sun that “I’m not sure where KTRK may have received that.”
“(Ramirez) has not made an appearance in court yet,” she told the newspaper. “As such, we are not at liberty to comment on anything that is not public.”
The shooting took place at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 31. Ramirez is being on $50,000 bond and will appear in court on Wednesday.