(CNN) – Disturbing is the only word Rey Hernandez could think of when he gave us these pictures, showing his niece, murder victim Stephanie Hernandez, with a gun pointed at the back of her head.
The man in the picture is Hernandez’s boyfriend and murder suspect Rafael Gonzalez.
These three pictures all on different forms of social media, but NLRPD sergeant Brian Dedrick says pictures can only point them in the right direction, “That always helps but predominately we’re always gonna start from scratch with our case interview witnesses interview people in the area.”
According to the arrest affidavit, a friend told North Little Rock police Gonzalez “accidentally shot Hernandez” and that he “routinely plays around with a pistol” defense attorney Bill James says photos like these can be a key factor in a jury’s decision to lock a suspect up.
“You have pictures of yourself on Facebook or Snapchat or twitter that’s relevant to your case that hurts your case, it can be very bad. Obviously, people that aren’t supposed to have guns showing guns, that probably comes up as much as anything else,” said James.
In Gonzalez’s case, he’s a convicted felon and not allowed to possess a firearm. Sergeant Dedrick says pictures and the hard work from detectives have put the man they believe is responsible behind bars, “That is a very big part of it and then somebody identifies that person and that pretty much solves the case.”
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