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Vegas Bray Pleads Not Guilty to Shooting Ex-Boyfriend

She faces 50 years to life in prison if she is found guilty of shooting Victor Saucedo, retired from the Navy, nine times 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, formerly of the Navy, nine times with a .38 revolver Tuesday afternoon at his Imperial Beach apartment.

Saucedo's family and Assistant District Attorney Harrison Kennedy said Bray continuously harassed him, while Bray's family believe she has been made a villiian 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 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, of San Diego, was never charged 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 in a row, then three, 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 to 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.

veronica b October 26, 2012 at 01:50 PM
On vegas's Facebook cover page (baby bray) it says "kill them all" that was put up a few days before the shooting!!! I think the lawyers need to look into that! the girl was freakin crazy!! RIP Victor.
Jennifer Vigil October 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
This is a tragedy, ME, and we welcome your thoughts, but please do not use profanity. If you want to re-post, please do, but I've deleted your earlier comment.
rachel November 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
This was obviously the act of a woman being manipulated by a man. To make her out to be a stalkers is desperate. I do not condone her decision and she will be judged by God when her time comes. I pray for peace for both families in this tragedy.
martens08 January 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM
My husband served with victor in the navy on the decatur and he was the sweetest guy ever I remember him touching my belly saying what a pretty little girl my husband and I are gonna have no one deserves any judgment after they have passed on I hope God rests his soul and we get justice for this disgusting act of violence prayers to all the family and friends of "sauce"
Yo April 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Ms. Bray- is undercover psychopath, who did harm to the victim not only to his family, those who knew him and to the community. Brey had every opportunity to walk away, get help for her obession/pschopath, instead she choose to ingore her issues to get help, that could have well resulted in a different outcome. Instead she took it upon her self to b retarted to kill an innocent victim. Brey- went to the intent harm Mr. Saucedo that resulted in his death. Brey- u will rot in hell, everyday u spent in jail/prison: u will disintegrate even more and for this hope u have the courage too end yr own life by cutting yr ciculation off or by cutting one of yr main alteries so you'll bleed to death. You took the oath to protect yr country, I wouldn't trust u one but too. The world is a better place now yr not around to do any of that!! Brey- rot in hell and do the prison guards a favor so they have one less animal to feed. Justice will b served for the victims family, friends, community and most of all his children. RIP

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