PLEAK, Texas – A man who police say fatally shot his girlfriend was booked into the Fort Bend County Jail Monday and appeared in court Tuesday morning.
Santana Losoya, 24, was wearing a long, green vest as he stood in front of a judge for the first time and was read his charges.
Losoya was charged with murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Brandy Cano, 22.
According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, the couple had been together for six years and share a 3-year-old daughter.
Sheriff Troy Nehls said the couple was at their home on Pleak Crossing near Cotton Creek when an argument between Cano and Losoya turned physical.
Losoya told authorities he reached for a gun because he wanted to leave, but Cano wouldn’t let him. The handgun went off, and a bullet struck Cano in the head, Losoya said. Deputies found her dead in a bedroom.
In Sky2 video, Losoya was seen having his hands tested for gunshot residue by authorities.
Authorities said the couple’s daughter was not home at the time of the shooting and is now in the custody of Cano’s family.
During his appearance, Losoya took a moment to ask the judge about his daughter.
“I have a question because (Cano's family) have my daughter,” said Losoya. “How does that work?”
“You have to talk to your attorney,” the judge replied.
The judge set his bond at $100,000. If Losoya makes bond, the judge said he cannot have any contact with Cano's family.
Losoya will also be required to get a mental health evaluation and random drug tests.
Investigators said Cano’s grandmother called the police.