Double murder details could lead to death penalty for Fresno man

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Witnesses to a domestic violence shooting that killed two women last year told a judge Thursday what they saw, bringing a double murder suspect one step closer to a possible death sentence.

Almost everyone in Fresno’s central apartment came out when they heard the first shot last April.

“They said they were arguing and that a plate had been broken,” said a man who lived in a nearby apartment.

A judge asked us to protect the identities of the witnesses from the apartment, so we will not show their faces or name them.

A man said he saw Deandre Foster at the door of a neighboring apartment and 21-year-old Charlotte Ethridge was behind him crying.

He knew what he heard was a shot, but he returned to his apartment.

When a second shot was fired, Michelle Johnson walked out of her apartment and insisted on seeing Charlotte, her stepdaughter.

“He said, ‘What the hell was that?’ “Where is my daughter?” said another resident of the area. “He said” To do your job, b *** x. Go inside again. “

This neighbor says that Michelle took a step forward and then a third shot.

“Michelle’s body hit the ground,” he said. “Then I heard Charlotte screaming” What did you do baby? Why? “And then followed what I assumed was the rest of the clip inside the gun.”

Police eventually arrested Foster for killing both women.

He told the court that the media was spreading lies about him.

But the 25-year-old has a history of gun crime and domestic violence.

Two months before the killings, a friend filed a restraining order, saying Foster strangled her at a motel and threatened her and her family.

A few weeks later, Foster’s sister reportedly punched and threatened a cousin.

Clovis police arrested him six days before the double murder, but rescued him the same day.

The judge ruled that there was enough evidence for Foster to stand trial on both counts of murder, which means prosecutors will now have to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who is, help is available 24 hours a day. In Fresno County, call it Marjaree Mason Center at (559) 233-4357. At all other locations, call the National Domestic Violence Contact Line at (800) 799-7233.

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