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Self-Defense? Woman accused of shooting boyfriend says she feared for her life

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Ashley Elizabeth Eide Ashley Elizabeth Eide
Fernando Ruelas, Jr. Fernando Ruelas, Jr.

We're learning new details about a woman who is accused of killing her boyfriend during a violent argument.

She says it was self-defense, but according to police, the victim was shot from behind.

From court paperwork, we learned a little about 24-year-old Ashley Elizabeth Eide.  She works at Wendy's and lived at the apartment with her son and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Fernando Ruelas, Jr., for about three months.

In that time, Eide says Ruelas had choked her, held a gun to her head and beat her numerous times.

On Sunday morning, Eide appeared before a judge to hear the charges against her -- manslaughter -- after she allegedly shot and killed Ruelas early Saturday morning.

An attorney for the state was at the initial appearance.

"She immediately screamed for help to neighbors after the shot and the state believes there are issues as to whether the shooting was unlawful or justified."

In court paperwork, Eide recounted to Phoenix Police the fight that she says exploded early Saturday morning between her and Ruelas.  She told police they returned to their apartment drunk around 2 a.m. and claims Ruelas slammed her face several times into a doorknob in their apartment. Her 5-year-old son witnessed the fight.

According to Eide, when Ruelas went outside to get a DVD she had thrown during the fight, she grabbed a .22 caliber gun from the closet and shot him as he stood on the stairwell. The bullet entered the back of his neck. She said she was in fear of her life and didn't mean to shoot him.

Ruelas was just released from Florence prison last summer after serving five years on an aggravated assault and aggravated DU-I convictions.  That stemmed from an April of 2008 case when Ruelas rammed his truck into a Phoenix Police officer's patrol car in West Phoenix. He was still under probation for that crime.   

Why had she never reported Ruelas or called the police?  She told officers she never reported him because he was on supervised probation and didn't want him to go back to prison.

Bond is set at $50,000.  The judge said in cases like this, he would normally set bond at $250,000.

Eide is due back in court later this month.

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