A Kentucky man is suspected of shooting his girlfriend to death the same day he had purchased her a ring he planned to give her at Christmas.
Moustapha Ibra Ka, 23, is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon in connection with the death of his girlfriend Alyssa Murray, according to a statement from the Vista Hills Police Department.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said authorities charged Ka with manslaughter because the evidence to-date suggests that the “shooting of Murray was not intentional.”
“So far, there is nothing to suggest the couple wasn’t getting along,” Sanders said in the release. “Detectives even discovered their suspect purchased an engagement or promise ring for the victim earlier in the day and had hidden it with the intention of giving it to her at Christmas.”
Villa Hills Police were called to the Three Springs Townhomes in Florence shortly before midnight on Dec. 6 after getting a 911 call from another male at residence, authorities said.
When they arrived, they found Murray dead from a gunshot wound. Authorities said Ka had already fled the scene and had taken three firearms, including the gun used to shoot Murray, with him from the home, according to a Kenton County Police Department arrest citation obtained by Oxygen.com.
Ka turned himself in to the Kenton County Police Department around 5 a.m. on Sunday.
After he had been read his rights, police said Ka admitted “he had wantonly caused the death of Alyssa Murray,” according to the arrest citation.
Sanders declined to discuss any specifics about what Ka said to police, but noted in the press release that it was possible drugs may have played a role.
“This is the fourth homicide case since 2017 where a defendant killed a friend or loved one while handling guns when drugs were present,” Sanders said. “This suspect stayed on the run for a week so we do not have a blood sample but marijuana was in plain view when officers entered the residence.”
At the time of the shooting, Sanders said Ka had multiple prior felonies that should have prevented him from owning a firearm.
Sanders told Oxygen.com that Ka’s prior arrest record in the state of Kentucky included a five-year sentence for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and first-degree fleeing police from an incident in Campbell County.
He was also convicted in Boone County of first-degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree fleeing police, Sanders said.
Ka was arraigned on Monday and ordered to be held at the Kenton County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 22.
Kenton County Police are continuing to investigate the incident and have urged anyone with information about the case to call Detective Ryan Roessler at (859) 356-3191.
Detectives are also still searching for Ka’s 2006 Honda Pilot. The vehicle has been described as either black or dark blue with Kentucky license plate #AXB 971. Investigators believe the vehicle may have been abandoned somewhere in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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