Indio Motel Killing: AZ Woman Sentenced to Stand Trial for Murder

INDIO, CA — A 31-year-old Arizona woman charged with shooting another woman at an Indio motel is to stand trial for murder and other offenses, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Carla Sharese Flores allegedly shot and killed Ashley Brito, 27, of Thousand Palms at the City Center Motel last year.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer found there was enough evidence to warrant a murder trial, as well as allegations firearms and bodily harm.

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Freer has scheduled an arraignment after the preliminary hearing on May 4 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Flores remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bond at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

According to Indio Police, patrol officers attended the motel at 83597 Indio Blvd. on the evening of March 31, 2021, to investigate reports of a woman being shot dead.

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Brito was found dead in a room.

Investigators quickly identified Flores as the suspected shooter and obtained a warrant for her arrest.

A possible motive for the shooting was not disclosed.

Two days later, officers from El Centro were called to investigate a disturbance at a motel and met with Flores, who was arrested without incident for alleged violations in Imperial County.

Flores reportedly gave officers a false name, but investigators confirmed her identity and learned that she was wanted in Indio, leading to her being handed over to Indio police a few days later.

Flores has no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

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