Suspect in custody

Armando Lopez has been charged with First-Degree murder after a domestic violence call Saturday.

Pima County Sheriff's detectives continue to investigate a domestic violence call that left one woman dead, and another charged with homicide.

Deputies in the Foothill District responded to an emergency call around 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the 6100 blk. of North Ginger Avenue in reference to a physical domestic violence call.

Upon arrival, deputies found Armando Lopez, 37, outside the residence covered in blood. Inside the residence, they found Marie Antoinette Mesa, 42, bleeding from multiple stab wounds.

Mesa was transported to the Trauma Center at the University Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

Mesa's 16-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old cousin were inside the home at the time of the incident and called 911.

Pima County Sheriff's Homicide Unit detectives responded for further investigation.

Lopez has been booked into the Pima County Adult Detention on charges of First Degree Murder.

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Domestic violence occurs among all kinds of people. It cuts across cultural, economic and social boundaries. It can involve the person you've worked with for 10 years, your best friend who married her childhood sweetheart, your teenage daughter who just met someone new and exciting, or your next-door neighbor. Together, we can prevent domestic violence. We must work together towards the common goal of insuring the safety of victims, and holding offenders accountable and responsible for their behavior. We must learn to take action.


The long term effects of domestic violence have not begun to be fully documented. Battered women suffer physical and mental problems as a result of domestic violence. Battering is the single major cause of injury to women, more significant that auto accidents, rapes, or muggings. In fact, the emotional and psychological abuse inflicted by batterers may be more costly to treat in the short-run than physical injury. Many of the physical injuries sustained by women seem to cause medical difficulties as women grow older. Arthritis, hypertension and heart disease have been identified by battered women as directly caused or aggravated by domestic violence suffered early in their adult lives.

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