Man accused of killing girlfriend faces long list of charges

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson man accused of killing his girlfriend went before a judge today through video court.

Stephen Malone was arrested in Los Angeles and extradited to Tucson to face charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, endangerment, and discharging a firearm. Investigators say Malone shot and killed Augustine Soto earlier this month.  The two had been dating for 10 years.

Today prosecutors tried to increase Malone's bond to $1 million, but the judge kept the amount at $500,000.

Malone was taken into the Pima County Jail on Sunday.  Malone declined to answer any questions as he was led into the jail.

Sheriff's officials say Malone allegedly fired at Soto's car while her sister and the children were in the car, in the 4900 block of East Butterweed Drive, near I-10 and East Valencia Road.

Soto's mother is caring for her three grandchildren.

"He's taken away my daughter, who filled people with laughter," Soto's mother said this weekend.

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