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Vegas Bray Pleads Not Guilty to Shooting Ex-Boyfriend

Vegas Bray faces 50 years to life in prison if she is found guilty of shooting Victor Saucedo nine times in his apartment Tuesday.

Vegas Bray, 24, pled not guilty to first degree murder charges Friday at the South Bay Courthouse in Chula Vista.

Bray is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend Victor Saucedo nine times with a .38 revolver Tuesday afternoon.

Saucedo's family and Assistant District Attorney Harrison Kennedy said Bray continuously harassed him, while Bray's family believe she has been villanized in the media.

"This was the ultimate act of obsession," Kennedy said when requesting Bray be denied bail. "They did have an intimate relationship for a period of time but broke it off after she became jealous of the mother of his young boy."

Kennedy argued that Bray presented "a clear and present danger to the public" but Judge Katherine Bacal set bail at $2 million.The two met while serving in the U.S. Navy and started dating in 2010.

The relationship came to an end in late 2011.

That's when the vandalism began, Kennedy said.

Kennedy said Bray slashed Saucedo's tires, smeared paint on his door and performed other forms of vandalism "to get his attention."

Bray was never charged with acts of vandalism due to a lack of evidence, sheriff officials said.

A day before the shooting, while together at Saucedo's apartment, "There was talk of rekindling their relationship, and Mr. Saucedo was not willing to commit to a long-term committed relationship that Ms. Vegas desired."

The next day, around 3:30 p.m., Bray returned with a gun, Kennedy alleged.

Shots were heard in two successions, first six at a time, then three at a time, the assistant DA said. Since the weapon that killed Saucedo was a .38 revolver that can only take six shots without reloading, the gun was reloaded and fired again, he said.

If convicted, Bray faces 50 years to life in state prison, Kennedy said.

Bray called 911 from the apartment at the time of the shooting.

"Initial reports were that it was some kind of suicide," Kennedy said, but after an investigation took place, Bray was arrested later that day.

Deputy Public Defender Stephanie Slattery told the judge that Bray was a lifelong San Diegan and college student who had no criminal record and worked as a waitress at a Lemon Grove strip club.

Bray's grandmother Brenda Moreno believes her granddaughter has been misrepresented in the media.

"They're bringing up all the negative aspects about her, whatever they can find. She's ex-military like Victor was ex-military," she said. "She served her country. I haven't heard that one time in the news."

"It's like he's up here and she's down there," Moreno said.

"They did have a relationship that was an off-on relationship. She was not stalking him. He would call her and she would come over," she said. ""I don't know where he's getting this stalking stuff from. Would you let a stalker in your house?"

Moreno said she spoke her granddaughter a few times a week and the two are very close.

"She doesn't have a bad character. And I know her very well," Moreno said, adding that she often helped her mother pay her bills.

Bray's brother Santiago Rubio made a point of clarifying that his sister wasn't a stripper at Little Darling's in Lemon Grove.

"She was a waitress, and even they can't believe it, cause when she was there, she was the sweetest person ever, always smiling, the nicest person you could ever be around. She never had any problems with anybody," he told reporters outside the courthouse.

Rubio said his sister is not the "monster" she's been made out to be. "She's an angel," he said. "She's the best thing that's ever happened to me."

Bray is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 29 for a readiness conference and preliminary hearing Nov. 1.

Libi Uremovic October 20, 2012 at 04:40 AM
'...first six at a time, then three at a time,...If convicted, Bray faces 50 years to life in state prison..." why would she only get 50 years.. ..why not life or the death penalty if it was premeditated murder?
MG October 20, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I've known Vic for 8 yrs and in allll that time, he NEVER put his hands on no woman ! I friended Vegas unfortunately when they got together in hopes to be able to come see Vic with NO ISSUES. she even came by a few times to my home last week but I was at work. She lived in southeast SD yet she ALWAYS came to IB to go "running" at night. she not once smelled sweaty to me uf she ever came by when she was ib town. Point is, VEGAS played the PART! that she didnt care yet always asked questions about him. Her mother stated "she didnt need to stalk anyone, she can have whoever sje wanted!"... VIC WAS THE ONLY MAN SHE WANTED AND THE "ONE" SHE COULD NEVER HAVE TO HERSELF, THAT IS WHY SHE TOOK MY FRIEND !!!!
Celly October 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM
No angel shoots an unarmed person then reloads to shoot again. Her family is as equally delusional as she is guilty. She took the life of a father, her family can alway see her in prison but victors family and son can only visit a grave. Her family is blaming the media for portraying her in a bad light? Please her actions portray her in a bad light, and just because she served our country that does not give her a license to kill!! Her prior military service don't mean jack when she took his life. If the role would be reverse would his prior military service excuse him? Would that make killing her okay in her family's eyes? NO! Just like it doesn't mean anything to victors friends and family.
Mike G October 21, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I imagine it will be considered 'crime of passion' and therefore no death penalty.
Justice Love October 21, 2012 at 07:35 PM
First of all Vegas' family did offer their condolences to the Saucedo family, and it is not their fault that the media chose not to air that part. Everyone is entitled to their opinion as that is their right. Last I checked no one was there with Vegas and Vic at the time of the shooting, nor was anyone else there the previous night that they spent together. Her family is far from crazy, disrespectful and definitely not in denial. As for describing Vegas as sweet, innocent and angelic well that is an accurate description of the Vegas that I have known her entire life. Do I feel bad for the Saucedo family? Yes very much so. I personally have experienced the loss of a sibling by an act of violence, loss my father again by an act of violence as well as several friends. I wish grieving the loss of loved one on NO ONE. I believe that only God can judge others and that there are two sides to every story. Finally to the family and friend of Vic Saucedo I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one, my heart aches for his son and that my prayers are with you as well as that are involved.
Justice Love October 21, 2012 at 08:04 PM
No need to feel bad for us
Justice Love October 21, 2012 at 08:07 PM
so do you honestly believe he never contacted her? If he did not want anything to do with her why did he let her spend the night? Sorry to disappoint you, but he was still in communication with her. Just stating facts not speculation.
Justice Love October 21, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Being a parent with unconditional love for your child means you support and stand by them through the good and the bad. It does not mean that you condone whatever he or she may do. Repentance will free you from hell. God is a forgiving God and He will not put anyone in hell for believing and loving anyone.
Justice Love October 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Loving and supporting my family member is my choice. In no way does it disrespect his family. No one in my family has referred to anyone in his family out of their name, which in my opinion is disrespectful. Your not knowing all of the facts yet you use profanity and call us ignorant and disrespectful. Who sounds ignorant and disrespectful? You do.
Cali-1 October 22, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I agree with Justice Love, if a real man is truly concerned about his well being....he would have done everything in his power to assure his safety. I bet this guy gave her hopes that one they may be together and led her on and kept her on the side. Woman are emotional and deal problems with their feelings........that's a fact. He played with her feelings to the point where she lost it......only GOD knows the truth and the truth will come out, but at the end of the day....the victim isn't really a victim.
Cali-1 October 22, 2012 at 03:13 AM
I've met her too......she is nothing like that.
Cali-1 October 22, 2012 at 03:16 AM
She may have been trying to make ends meet.....I know white collar workers who are just as dirty as anyone on the streets......
Cali-1 October 22, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Hey...enough about yeoman's..... Anyway.....you are a victim of your own environment....didn't Vic teach her how to shoot a gun and didn't he take her to the shooting range???? Yes he did.....their is so much that people do not know.... You live by the gun, you die by the gun.
Cali-1 October 22, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I knew the accused....and yes....MEDIA took this story to another level. The way I view news now has changed and I will no longer believe what comes out of those news stations. I was amazed of how everything was said on the news.
Resident October 22, 2012 at 04:06 AM
To Justice Love, and Cali-1, I have been stalked. What you stat is perfect, logical sense. After 10 years of an abuse husband, I have heard what you state many times over. However, the statement of keep your friends close and your enemies closer is something I lived by at the time when I was in this relationship. I was so scared when he was stalking me. If I talked to him or let him in my home, I at least knew I didn't have to be scared of the unknown and I was giving him what he wanted, right? I always believed that he would kill me, and I did not want to die. The strength of Vargas to clearly communicate that he was done to Bray, then let her come back again, shows a strength greater then what I have shown. He did not want to be scared or hurt by this woman, nor hurt a woman he once loved. I was able to, after 10 years of abuse and 6 years of 'on and off' stalking, severe the tie to my ex without being murdered by him (which I always thought he would do).
Resident October 22, 2012 at 04:26 AM
To Justice Love- You are right. The definition of love in God's word can be translated to purposeful commitment to sacrificial action for another. This is unconditional with risk of imminent sacrifice when the crowd/group may have different views. As you know, more clearly then anyone else that is posting here, what your daughter has done is wrong and terrible. However, you were there when she was born, you were there when she had her 2nd and tenth birthday (etc). You were there when she completed her education and passed high school and when she joined the navy. You were also there when she shot, 9 times with one reload, and killed another human being that has family too. No stress or worries about PUBLIC comment. Their is no need to prove the love you have for Bray to the PUBLIC. In the public's, and me, eyes she has clearly done very wrong. You know this as well. Could I ever apologize to the PUBLIC for my loved one taking another's life, I think not because I don't understand how it could have ever happened.
Resident October 22, 2012 at 04:29 AM
KF619- You wouldn't defend a person you love??? Seriously?
Cali-1 October 22, 2012 at 04:33 AM
TO RESIDENT: You are out of your mind if you wouldnt defend your love one whether they were right or wrong. Even if your love one is wrong a REAL love one will be with you till the end. You are out of your mind and maybe htat is why you didnt have the courage to protect yourself from that stalker you weretalking about.
Cali-1 October 22, 2012 at 04:38 AM
TO KF619: Family is family.....blood is blood....through good times and bad.
Resident October 22, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Cali-1, I agree with you.
Resident October 22, 2012 at 05:35 AM
The victim has taken responsibility.
MandaR October 22, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Cali-1, what more responsiblity can he take he is dead? If it was the other way around Im pretty sure you wouldnt be so supportive of the shooter. Your just as pyscho as she is to think its okay to stalk someone for a year and then shoot them 9 times. He didn't have the money to keep moving everytime she found him. He was a full time student. And he did try getting a restaining order on her but the cops dropped the ball on that. Nobody knows why he let the sociopath into his home. But knowing Victor, he was always looking at the good in people and was too forgiving. And it cost him his life. Im not as forgiving and I hope she rots. Delusional ass people trying to make her look like an angel or victim, gtfo with that bs. In reality when someone brakes up w you, you move on with your life. Not stalk them or vandalize their property. If he was "stringing" her along (which he wasnt) she was imagining it. And for her family to try to justify her actions w that pathetic excuse shows where she got her (lack of) character.
Cali-1 October 22, 2012 at 09:33 PM
He has already taken responsibility....but he is not a victim. I don’t trust the police for anything...and he should have either. Maybe they saw that tattoo on his neck and thought he was a thug and should be able to handle this. I am not saying she is an angel either.....I guess I am use to handling my business and not letting women run me....like a real man is suppose to do. I actually know more than you know....but the truth will come out and skeletons will come out....we will see whose skeletons are scarier
MandaR October 22, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Cali-1 thanks for proving my point. Psychotic, delusion, selfish sociopaths.
Chico&The Man October 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Shes perfect were shes at now what the hell did she expect to happen she knew damm well she would be doing life in prision ..
KF619 October 23, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Would I turn my back on family? No. But i also would no try to justify their actions or make excuses for them. I would be horrified if someone I loved murdered another human being. Period. Gee, guess I'm the only one raised to believe in personal responsibility and that negative actions have negative consequences.
KF619 October 23, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Flip this around: if Victor was stalking Vegas, and then murdered her, I would be supporting Vegas. Right is right, wrong is wrong. It doesn't matter to me who is friend, family, foe. Killing someone is never excusible. There is no reason to take anothers life. The fact people are acting like its justified if he led her on, you're kidding, right? Men and women lead each other on all the time. Men and women have sex with each other and take advantage of the others emotions all the time. It happens. That may or may not be the case here, but I don't like that it is being implied, and that would make it a justified killing. NORMAL people move on from unhealthy relationships. NORMAL people have enough respect for themselves to distance themselves from individuals treating them with anything less than respect. NORMAL people do not unload a gun on someone, reload it, and shoot some more because a relationship didn't work out.
karma October 25, 2012 at 01:16 PM
R.I.P VICTOR!! <3 WE LOVE YOU!!! Justice WILL be served! 50 years-LIFE for that no good, sorry creature!!! You'll see!
Resa21 November 24, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I agree with you MandaR. Cali-1 since you are "all in the know" about the situation please inform us all...and since Victor isn't here to speak for himself I would really like to hear your opinion
mary guena April 28, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Victor we love you Everyone that had the privilege to be in your space, loves you and we will allways be so proud of you

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