LONG BEACH - A North Long Beach man was ordered Wednesday to stand trial in the killing of his live-in girlfriend and mother of this three children in August 2012 at the mobile home complex where they lived.

Marcos Gustavo Zermeno was ordered to face arraignment March 6 for murder in the shooting death of Eleonora Rivera Hidalgo on the evening of Aug. 4, 2012. Judge Judith Meyer ordered Zermeno remain jailed on bail of $2,030,000.

It is alleged Zermeno shot Rivera while the two argued in a car in front of the home they shared.

Long Beach Police Detective Gregory Allen Krabee said Rivera suffered a single bullet wound from a gun fired at close range. He said an autopsy he witnessed showed a muzzle burn was on Rivera's body at the entry wound and a bullet was found in the car.

Zermeno was witnessed in the car with Rivera shortly before the shooting and another witness said Zermeno appeared distraught immediately after the shooting, claiming "it was an accident," although he did not confess to being responsible.

After the shooting, Zermeno fled and was caught eight days later in Compton.

The shooting occurred after a family barbecue to celebrate a baptism and Mass earlier in the day.

greg.mellen@presstelegram.com, 562-714-2093, twitter.com/gregmellen


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