LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - The Los Lunas man accused of killing his girlfriend Wednesday night told his side of the story to reporters as he was being taken to jail Thursday afternoon.
"I am sorry," Joseph Bibiano wailed as Valencia County sheriff's deputies, one on each arm, steered him toward the jail. "I (expletive) loved her."
Blood stains were visible on his shirt.
Bibiano is charged with murder in the gunshot death of Desiray Nicole Schiffli, 18, at an apartment complex in Los Lunas Wednesday night. He surrendered Thursday afternoon after calling detectives and saying he could be found at an underpass south of Rio Communities.
He denied he deliberately shot Schiffli whom he said had been dating for about three months.
"It was an accident," Bibiano told reporters. "She was hitting me with the gun in my hand."
In addition to the murder charge, Bibiano has a separate case pending in Albuquerque after being charged with carrying a concealed weapon along Central Avenue in January.
It was just before 9 p.m. Wednesday when a man called 911 saying he had seen Bibiano and spotted a young woman lying on the floor of an apartment.
The witness told authorities that when he asked what happened, Bibiano confessed to killing her. He then took off in a car found abandoned Thursday morning east of Los Lunas in Meadow Lake.
Neighbors at the Sycamore Village Apartments where Schiffli was found said she had recently moved in with the Bibiano. They also said the couple met at a nightclub, and that Bibiano frequently fought with Schiffli. Neighbors told News 13 they would hear the victim screaming for help and that they'd seen Bibiano hit her.
"I was like Desiray you can't stay here, he hits you he does everything and she was like 'well I don't know where else to go,'" Timothy Gurule told KRQE News 13.
"The time that they'd get into it, he'd always tell her, "Oh, you can't talk to anybody. You'd have to stay locked up in the apartment,' and he'd come out here and just give us dirty looks," said Gurule.
Neighbors also said Bibiano bragged about being a gang member.
According to her Facebook page, Schiffli said she and Bibiano married recently, although so far no one is confirming that.
Bibiano is being held under a $1 million cash bond.
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