[UPDATED with New Charges:] Antonio Potenciano Gana, OC Homicide No. 15: Wife Accused of Shooting Him and Son on Mother's Day
|Annamaria Mango Gana|
Besides a murder count and sentencing enhancements, Gana is now charged with trying to kill both her sons, ages 9 and 16. She was originally accused of only trying to kill the older boy, who sheriff's deputies reported had been shot twice in the chest.
While their mother is currently being held without bail, the boys are in the care of a family member, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).
Scheduled for continued arraignment today, Gana now faces one felony count each of special circumstances murder by lying in wait, two felony counts of attempted murder, and sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury.
She could get life in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of those charges.
Her late 72-year-old husband, Antonio Potenciano Gana, was formerly the general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority.
The Philippine Star also claims the slain man's 41-year-old wife is Annamaria Magno Gana, and that the couple's youngest son is 8. Orange County law enforcement previously reported the suspected killer's first name is Annamaria and the boy credited with wrestling a gun away from her is 9.
An odd twist courtesy of the Star after the jump . . .
The paper claims Antonio Gana married the suspect, his second wife, after converting to Islam.
His first wife then accused him of bigamy, reports the Star.
UPDATE, MAY 12, 11:55 A.M.: A Filipino news site has filled in more blanks about the couple at the center of a Mother's Day murder in Tustin Ranch.
ABS-CBN News, the Phillippine media giant's online outlet, reports that 72-year-old murder victim Antonio Potenciano Gana was a former Manila airport official.
His 41-year-old wife and suspected killer, Annamaria Magno Gana, is being treated for breast cancer.
In fact, her arraignment on charges of murdering her husband and trying to shoot her 16-year-old son to death was delayed due to her medical condition. It is unclear whether the medical hold was related to her cancer or unspecified injuries she reportedly suffered in Sunday afternoon's shooting, however.
She may be arraigned as soon as today.
One big hole remains to be filled in this story: what prompted her alleged crimes.