Melinda Leketia Gaffney, 30, of Richmond has been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Terrance Forks. (Courtesy Richmond Police Department)
Melinda Leketia Gaffney, 30, of Richmond has been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Terrance Forks. (Courtesy Richmond Police Department)

RICHMOND -- A woman arrested in the shooting death of a Richmond teenager has been charged with murder, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Melinda Gaffney, 30, will be arraigned Thursday after she allegedly shot and killed 16-year-old Terrance Forks outside the Crescent Park apartment complex on April 8, according to prosecutors.

Gaffney surrendered at San Francisco police headquarters Monday morning, according to Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov. She was transferred to Contra Costa County for processing and is being held in lieu of $1.01 million bail.

According to police, investigators had been looking for Gaffney since the night of the shooting, when witnesses told police she argued with Folks in front of the complex shortly before he was shot.

Witnesses also told police that a white 1999 Lexus was involved and provided a license plate number that registered to Gaffney. They also told authorities that Gaffney and Terrance knew each other.

Police found the Lexus at an undisclosed location last Wednesday.

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