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Glendale man charged with 2nd-degree murder

Posted 4/1/24

Monday afternoon, Glendale Police announced the arrest of Raidel Salinas, 43, on charges of second-degree murder in a domestic dispute, as well as a lesser charge of possession of a weapon by a …

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Glendale man charged with 2nd-degree murder


Monday afternoon, Glendale Police announced the arrest of Raidel Salinas, 43, on charges of second-degree murder in a domestic dispute, as well as a lesser charge of possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor.

Saturday morning, March 30 at approximately 5:01, Glendale Police received a 911 call from a subject who advised that his female friend had been shot in the head, according to the police report.

The man told police the victim and her boyfriend had been arguing in the 8400 block of North 67th Avenue, which is a mobile home park.

When officers arrived at the location, they met with the witness who was outside in the driveway. Officers went inside the trailer and found the female victim inside a bedroom, unresponsive and sitting down.

Officers observed blood coming from her head and initially did not know where she had been shot. Officers took the victim to the living room and began life-saving measures.

The victim, Bernadette Vera, 36, was transported to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale.

Hospital personnel advised Vera had a gunshot wound to the right eye. At this time, she had no brain activity and was not breathing on her own.

According to the police report, officers spoke with the witness further. He said he has been friends with Vera for several years. The victim began dating Salinas and recently moved in with him.

The witness said he drove Salinas and Vera home to their trailer on March 29. According to the report, he returned to the trailer just before 5 a.m. and heard the couple arguing inside.

The witness stayed outside then, according to the report, heard Vera scream followed by a gun shot. Moments later, Salinas ran out of the trailer saying he shot the victim, entered his car and drove away.

At the scene, detectives located live .22 caliber ammunition. No spent casings were found, which is consistent with a revolver.

The registered owner of the vehicle is Salinas' father, and it was later found abandoned in Phoenix with Salinas' cell phone in it.

The report states that on March 30, Salinas posted on his Facebook account in Spanish, a phrase in English, that translates to “I love you with all my heart. Forgive me, I beg you.”

According to the report, Salinas began calling family members March 31 asking for money so that he could go to Mexico.

Through various means, detectives were able to locate the phone that Salinas was calling from. They located him at a home in the area of 8500 West Turney Avenue. He walked away from the home and was apprehended as he walked away.

When Salinas was taken into custody, he had a .22 caliber revolver on his person. The revolver was found to have a spent casing inside of the cylinder, along with two live rounds.

According to the report, Salinas asked arresting detectives, “Is she alive?” He also said, “I didn’t mean it.”

Detectives observed a laceration to Salinas' right eyelid that appeared to be in stages of healing. There was also a linear laceration to the top of his head that was in a stage of healing.

According to the report, Salinas is a prohibited possessor as the result of an armed robbery conviction in 2018.There is no indication that he has restored his rights.