CHICAGO (CBS) – “It wasn’t an accident” – so say the family of a Chicago cop, allegedly shot and killed by his wife, also a Chicago cop.
They demonstrated in front of his audience this morning. CBS 2 investigator Megan Hickey reported on Tuesday that they believe the justice system is going wrong with her.
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Officer Jacqueline Villaseñor is free on bail, charged with manslaughter in the death of her husband. But the family said the incident should not be treated as a major accident and could have been avoided.
German Villaseñor, 44, received a solemn start as a hero earlier this month. At his funeral, his parents, who were granted brief entry into the United States from Mexico, were given a Chicago flag. His heartbroken fellow officers served as porters.
But following closely down the aisle was the person who prosecutors said was responsible for pulling the trigger – his wife, colleague Jacqueline Villaseñor.
“Ever since they told me and I walked into the house, I saw the room and no, it’s not an accident, no,” German’s aunt Blanca Niña said. “They must be justice.”
Niña said she was questioning the record in court – that Jacqueline and German were in their bedroom on November 2, arguing over a recent affair, when she pulled her gun out of its holster and threatened to kill themselves.
Prosecutors said German attempted to grab the gun and the couple began to struggle when the gunshot exploded and German was shot in the chest. It appeared that Jacqueline had been drinking alcohol, but she refused to be tested.
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“She needs to be held accountable and she needs to be locked up, outright,” German’s uncle Genaro Martinez said.
Genaro Martinez was stunned by the manslaughter charge and the fact that she paid $ 5,000 to retire without electronic surveillance.
“We ask that she have an ankle monitor on her. If they know there is alcohol there should be an ankle monitor on it. Again, investigate to the fullest extent of the law. “
Julie Contreras of community organization United Giving Hope fears German, a person of color, might not have been treated the same if the tables had been turned. They plan to follow the case closely. As did some of the German officer colleagues, who remained united.
“It was criminal activity that she did and it is unacceptable,” Martinez said.
A spokeswoman for the Cook County District Attorney’s Office said she was unable to comment as the case is pending. Villaseñor was back in court on Tuesday where the case continued until December 2.
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German’s family said they plan to stand outside again, this time in prayer.