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UPDATE: Man charged with first-degree murder in Dubuque homicide

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First-degree murder suspect 52-year-old Teodoro Borrego First-degree murder suspect 52-year-old Teodoro Borrego
Victim Shani Smith, 40, from a Facebook photo Victim Shani Smith, 40, from a Facebook photo

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Teodoro Borrego appeared in court Thursday morning, where Dubuque County prosecutors charged him with murder in the first degree.

The judge set Borrego's preliminary hearing for March 15 at 10:15 a.m. He's being held on $750,000 cash bond.

Borrego asked for a court-appointed attorney. The judge granted him a public defender.

Borrego's and victim 40-year-old Shani Smith's two adult children they had together, daughter Jordan Borrego, 20, and son Dario Borrego, 19, were at the courthouse Thursday. Dario Borrego is in the military and said he just returned home from overseas.

Last Thursday morning, Police went to 2995 John F. Kennedy Road, where Borrego and Smith lived, to check on Smith after she didn't show up for work at Medline Industries, Inc. in Dubuque.

Smith was found dead inside the home. The criminal complaint show she died of a gunshot wound to the head.

According to the criminal complaint, daughter Jordan Borrego told investigators Shani Smith and Teodoro Borrego had been together for 21 years, although they never married. She said her parents' relationship had been rocky lately, with a lot of arguing, and that her mom had expressed plans to leave Teodoro Borrego.

Investigators found shotgun ammunition in the home. Son Dario Borrego told investigators he knew his father had a shotgun.

According to the criminal complaint, police responding to the scene found no evidence of forced entry into the home.

The criminal complaint shows officials learned a vehicle registered to Borrego was missing. They tracked him down in Oklahoma City Thursday afternoon.

While in the custody of Oklahoma officials, Borrego said, among other statements, "I wasn't going to get far anyway," "I'm almost out of gas," "It's pretty cut and dry," in addition to, "I might as well just tell them" and "Man, I just lost it." That's according to the criminal complaint.

Borrego had been held in an Oklahoma jail since last week, previously as a material witness, in the homicide investigation of 40-year-old Shani Smith.

Officials extradited Borrego from Oklahoma to Dubuque Wednesday.

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