Woman ‘who killed gym friend, 21, in her driveway after boozy night out’ won’t face murder charge – The Sun
A WOMAN accused of shooting her 21-year-old gym friend in her driveway after a boozy night out won't be charged with murder.
Yvonne Serrano, 51, still faces up to 30 years in prison on manslaughter charges after allegedly gunning down Daniela Tabares Maya in Florida last month.
Serrano could have have faced life in prison if tried on murder charges, according to the The Sun Sentinel.
At first, Serrano allegedly denied knowing who the dead person in her driveway was, reportedly telling local cops she made the grisly discovery as she was on her way to the gym.
But detectives noticed Serrano wasn't in gym clothes and "did not appear ready to go for a workout," NBC reported.
Soon, a different account of the night emerged.
After a night at the movies and drinks at a bar, Tabares Maya drove Serrano home, according to a Coral Springs Police Department arrest affidavit.
But Serrano couldn't account for what happened after she was dropped off.
The young woman was found in Serrano's driveway on Nov. 23, shot in the forehead with her foot still partially inside her Nissan Kick.
In the 911 call, Serrano is heard telling the dispatcher she walked outside her house to find a dead person and a car, NBC reported.
She calmly explained the woman was not breathing and bleeding from her head.
When the 911 dispatcher asked if Serrano knew the woman, Serrano replied she "can't tell" due to all the blood.
But Serrano was later arrested when when her connection to Tabares Maya emerged.
The women were part of a large group from a local gym who went to a movie and then out for drinks the night before the shooting, according to The Sun Sentinel.
Serrano said she had no memory of leaving the World of Beer in Coconut Creek hours earlier, where the group reportedly enjoyed a boozy night out.
The arrest affidavit states Serrano and Tabares Maya weren't sitting beside each other at the movie theater.
But surveillance footage released by Coral Springs cops shows them at the bar talking, "laughing and drinking for several hours."
The 30-second video from the bar shows Tabares Maya leaving the bar with Serrano – who was dressed in jeans and a lacy white blouse – to give her a ride home at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Tabares Maya can be seen giving another woman a hug before following Serrano out the door.
Serrano told cops she planned on taking an Uber home before Tabares Maya offered to drive her home instead.
The next crucial hours aren't clear, and cops say that's partly due to Serrano's alleged actions.
Court records state Serrano washed her lace tank top and deleted cellphone storage of her Ring door camera before ever calling 911.
Later, Serrano reportedly told police she owned three guns and had one firearm with her during the night out with her friends.
A bullet from a 9mm firearm was discovered in Tabares’ car, The Sun Sentinel reported.
The manslaughter charge could send Serrano behind bars for 30 years.
Two counts of tampering with evidence carry a maximum of five years in prison.
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