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Jose Gonsales, 29, Bayou Body Count No. 26

Sure we all like to think of the cops as kind of gullible, but it's nice to see they didn't fall for the ol' "Trust me officers, I didn't do it, it was the three guys in masks" routine.

Police on Tuesday arrested 30-year-old Maria Rangel Garcia De La Paz on suspicion of killing her live-in boyfriend, Jose Gonsales, 29, in their home at 10201 Telephone Road.

The two were both at home at about 4 a.m., police say, when De La Paz called 911 to say that Gonsales had been shot to death. When officers arrived, she told them that three men wearing masks burst in and killed Gonsales.

But De La Paz apparently couldn't stick to her guns, so to speak.

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Later that day, police say she confessed to shooting her beau and then tossing the gun in a nearby dumpster. Detectives found the gun right where she said it would be.

Police say De La Paz claimed she shot Gonsales because he had been abusive. She is being held in jail without bond, county records show.


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