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Woman fatally shoots friend after he refuses to kiss her in front of his girlfriend

Woman fatally shoots friend after he refuses to kiss her in front of his girlfriend

According to Cook County prosecutors, Claudia Resendiz-Flores had recently moved in with the pair at the Preserve at Woodfield apartment complex at 4700 Arbor Drive in the northwest suburb. 

A love triangle in Chicago turned deadly during a get-together last month when a woman shot her friend who refuse to kiss her. The incident unfolded on Thursday, October 14, when suspect 28-year-old Claudia Resendiz-Flores was hanging out and drinking with her friends, a couple, at their Rolling Meadows home. According to Cook County prosecutors, Claudia had recently moved in with the pair at the Preserve at Woodfield apartment complex at 4700 Arbor Drive in the northwest suburb. 

At some point during the drinking session, Claudia asked her friend James Jones, 29, for a kiss but he declined. Instead, he turned towards his girlfriend and asked for a smooch. This allegedly made the suspect jealous as her demeanor changed, alleged Cook County prosecutors during a bond hearing, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Claudia demanded James kiss her again and this time was more aggressive. But when he wouldn't comply, she took his handgun, which she knew was tucked between couch cushions, and aimed it at him. 



 

An altercation ensued after this as James attempted to defuse the situation when he saw Claudia's finger on the trigger, reports Newsweek. As he attempted to push the gun down, he saw her take the safety off, lift her arms, and shoot him once in the chest, allegedly. Unfortunately, it was a fatal shot that killed the man instantly. This is when James' girlfriend, who has not been identified, called 911 and informed the police about the incident. When cops arrived at the scene, they found the gun quickly in the living room.

Claudia remained at the house and allegedly admitted to shooting Jones. She was subsequently arrested and charged with first-degree murder. At the end of the hearing, the suspect was ordered by Judge John F. Lyke Jr. to be held without bail. Her public defender Courtney Smallwood disputed the prosecutor's assertion that her client had moved in with Jones and his girlfriend, and claimed that Claudia lived with her family. "Being that Ms. Resendiz-Flores' matter is still pending, we will not be commenting about the facts of the case, as they were presented by the prosecutor during her bond hearing this weekend," wrote Smallwood in a statement to Newsweek. 



 

"There is clearly more to this story, but at such an early stage in her case, it would be inappropriate to engage in any speculation until further investigations are conducted. We will ensure, however, that she is zealously represented as her case moves through the court system," added Smallwood emphasizing that her client is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Apparently, there is indeed more to the story than meets the eye. It was later revealed that Claudia is married to another man, but separated and that she is raising her three children alone. According to Little Things, investigators discovered that the suspect had previously dated the victim, and is believed that one or more of her children were fathered by him.

Cover image source: Facebook | Rolling Meadows Police Department

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