June 20, 2013 in Idaho

North Idaho man convicted in girlfriend’s death

Associated Press

COEUR D’ALENE — A North Idaho man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the Christmas Day 2011 shooting death of his girlfriend.

Jurors deliberated for less than three hours Wednesday before finding 29-year-old Joseph Herrera guilty in the death of 18-year-old Stefanie Comack. She was shot in the head in a bedroom area upstairs in Herrera’s parents’ house in St. Maries.

First District Court Judge Fred Gibler scheduled sentencing for Aug. 29.

Right after the shooting, Herrera told police he was unloading the gun when it went off. During the trial he testified he pointed what he believed was an unloaded gun at his head and said he would rather shoot himself than go to Comack’s parents’ house for Christmas. He said she grabbed the gun and it went off.

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