Richardson indicted for second-degree murder
KINGMAN — A Golden Valley man has been indicted for the murder of a Kingman woman.
A Mohave County grand jury indicted Gerald Richardson of felony second-degree murder. He is expected to be arraigned on the charge Wednesday before Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss. Richardson is being held in custody on a $250,000 bond.
A defendant convicted of second-degree murder faces from 10 to 22 years in prison, depending on aggravating or mitigating factors.
Richardson, 57, was arrested at his home Nov. 15 for allegedly shooting 31-year-old Jessica Mae Orozco at his residence in the 1100 block of Concho Drive in Golden Valley. She was taken to a Kingman hospital where she was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office reported.
Orozco was shot once with a handgun after she entered through the front door at Richardson’s home five minutes before midnight Oct. 27. She arrived with two children, one who lived at the house. The children remained outside the home and were not hurt.
Richardson told sheriff’s deputies that he was asleep and was startled by Orozco’s arrival so late at night. He told authorities he thought she was an intruder trying to break into the home and fired once at the door, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.