The attempted murder trial of 38-year-old Jim Pinedo of San Miguel is now in the hands of the jury.
Pinedo allegedly shot his girlfriend in the neck with a .22 caliber rifle, but Cancene Cordova refuses to testify against him. She says that Pinedo did not shoot her, which contradicts earlier statements she made after awakening from a 10-day medically induced coma. Her new story is that Pinedo threatened to leave her after he caught her injecting methamphetamine. So, she picked up his rifle and threatened to shoot herself. She says the weapon went off while the two struggled over it.
Pinedo pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, threatening a witness, and various other charges. He faces up to life in prison if he’s convicted of all the charges. He previously pleaded no contest to related felony charges of being a felon in possession of a fire arm, corporal injury on a spouse, and disobeying a restraining order and making criminal threats.