Woman pleads guilty to murdering husband
September 18, 2005
FALLON – A Sparks woman accused of fatally shooting her husband in Churchill County earlier this year pleaded guilty last week to second degree murder.
Devonya Sasha Camara admitted killing David Camara, a 33-year-old former South Lake Tahoe resident, after an argument alongside U.S. 50A Jan. 30. “Me and my husband were in a fight and I shot him,” Camara, 30, told District Judge Robert E. Estes.
She will be sentenced Oct. 25 and faces two possible sentences. Judge Estes could sentence Camara to life in prison with the possibility of parole after a minimum of 10 years has been served, or to a definite term of 25 years in prison with parole eligibility after 10 years.
District Attorney Arthur Mallory said second degree murder is the appropriate charge in the Camara case because the offense was not committed during another crime.
The Camaras were on their way home to Sparks after David’s band played at Jive ‘n Java, a Fallon coffee shop.
David Camara called a friend in a separate vehicle asking for help, saying his wife was “out of control,” police reported.
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Witnesses told authorities they pulled off the side of the highway about six miles west of town where the Camara vehicle was stopped. A woman told the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office she heard the couple arguing before Devonya Camara retrieved a 9 mm Glock from under the driver’s seat and fired a single shot, which struck David Camara in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The defendant was examined by mental health experts to determine if she was competent to stand trial and to determine if she was sane at the time of the alleged murder. She was found competent to stand trial. Additional medical reports are confidential.
Devonya Camara has been held in the Churchill County Jail since her arrest in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.