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Updated Aug 5, 2014 - 10:37 am

Phoenix man charged with girlfriend’s murder

PHOENIX — Police have arrested a Phoenix man accused of fatally shooting a
woman as part of a murder-suicide plan.

Police spokesman Steve Martos said Tuesday that 44-year-old Darren Helton was
booked into jail this week after being treated for injuries he suffered in the

Helton faced one count of second-degree murder.

Authorities said Helton shot 29-year-old Elizabeth Smith on Friday at a Phoenix
apartment and then attempted suicide.

The couple lived together at the apartment.


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