REDWOOD CITY -- A San Bruno man was charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend on the eve of Valentine's Day and then dumping her corpse at a Pacifica apartment complex, a prosecutor said.

Albert Trejo, 49, put off entering a plea Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court to the charges stemming from 36-year-old Cecilia Zamora's slaying, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said. Trejo is being held without bail.

Details weren't immediately available on what led to Zamora's death, but authorities believe it happened in their San Bruno home February 13. Trejo allegedly called one of his neighbors after the killing, was crying and said his gun had gone off.

Trejo later told the neighbors he and Zamora had a fight and she left. Her mother reported her missing a week later. Her body wasn't found until April 26, when it was discovered in a storage area at a Pacifica apartment complex. She was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back of her head, Guidotti said.

No details were available on what evidence allegedly ties Trejo to the crime. He was booked into San Mateo County jail Aug. 29.

Trejo is due back in court later this month to enter a plea to the charges. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.



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