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Jacob Munn appears in California court on first-degree murder charge ‘for killing his ex-girlfriend with a shotgun blast during a custody exchange outside a police station’

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Man appears in court Los Angeles court to face first-degree murder charge ‘for killing his ex-girlfriend outside a police station’ in Hawthorne, California on April 7
Jacob Munn, 30, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and other weapons-related offenses, in the shooting death of the mother-of-three over the weekend
Munn killed the 28-year-old mother of his 17-month-old son with a shotgun blast in front of the Hawthorne police headquarters 
Brenda Renteria accompanied by relatives, had gone to the police station to pick up her 17-month-old child from the toddler’s father as part of custody exchange Sunday
Munn initially fled but was apprehended three hours after shooting 
The couple’s son and his grandmother were present at the police HQ at the time of shooting, both were unharmed 
Munn has prior criminal record that included an arrest in December 2017 on a charge of battery on a former companion
Faces death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole, if convicted

A California man accused of killing the mother of his 17-month-old son during a custody swap outside a police station was pictured in court for the first time on Tuesday when he was charged with first-degree murder.
Jacob Munn, 30, appeared in the Los Angeles County Superior Court to be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the slaying of 28-year-old Brenda Renteria, who was killed with a shotgun blast outside the Hawthorne police station on Sunday.
If convicted, Munn could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that a decision whether to seek capital punishment for Munn will be made at a later date.
Brenda Renteria the victim of the grisly killing, was a single mother raising three children, two boy and a girl. Her youngest son who was fathered by Munn. A GoFundMe page launched by a family had raised as of Wednesday morning, just over $3,139 has been raised in donations, falling far short of the $15,000 goal.


On Tuesday, Renteria’s older sister, Elizabeth, wrote a moving Facebook post mourning her loss.
‘No words can truly describe the trauma my family and I are going through at this time its [sic] unbelievable,’ she wrote. ‘I ask that you all pray for my little sister Brenda , may her BEAUTIFUL soul rest in heavenly peace . I pray for the holy spirit to come upon our family so that we may have the strength we need to get through this devastating tragedy.’

‘Typically a police station is a safe place for people to make a child exchange and I would still recommend that people do that.’
A week before the tragedy, Munn posted on his Facebook page a photo of his son and wrote in the caption: ‘No matter what i will never give up on you…#RoyalMunnFamily #Family1st #NothinbutLOVE.’
On the day of the killing, he posted a cryptic status update that consisted of a single word: ‘.SOLID.’
Two days prior, he posted on his page: ‘.STRONG.’

A relative of the slain woman disclosed that the pair mutually decided to meet in Hawthorne because it was a middle ground between their respective places of residence.
‘I do not know if there was a restraining order in place, or if this was just an agreed upon location for them to make the exchange,’ Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Hoglund told reporters Sunday. ‘I do not know if there were any court papers involved in this.’
Online records indicate that Munn who is the owner of a moving business registered in Temecula, California, called Lionspaw Movers, has a prior criminal record that included an arrest in December 2017 on a charge of battery on a former companion.

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