Complaint: Woman blames YouTube stunt for boyfriend’s death

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(Northwest Regional Corrections Center via AP) This photo released by the Northwest Regional Corrections Center shows Monalisa Perez. Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday, June 28, 2017, with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz III. (Northwest Regional Corrections Center via AP) This photo released by the Northwest Regional Corrections Center shows Monalisa Perez. Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday, June 28, 2017, with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz III.

HALSTAD, Minn. (AP) -- A pregnant Minnesota woman charged in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend told authorities it was a video stunt gone wrong.

Monalisa Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz III.

According to a criminal complaint, the 19-year-old Perez told authorities Ruiz wanted to make a YouTube video of her shooting a bullet into a book he was holding against his chest. She says she fired from about a foot away.

Authorities say Ruiz died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, tells WDAY-TV that the couple played pranks and put them on YouTube. She added that Perez is pregnant with the couple's second child. 

Perez was granted a public defender and released on $7,000 bail.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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