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Murder suspect's boyfriend turned her into police

SPOKANE, Wash. - The boyfriend of Ashley Horning says he called 911 and turned her into police once he learned she was wanted for murder.

"She was a good woman, I'll tell you that for sure," said Zachariah Gardner, who dated Horning for several weeks. "Obviously, that's hard for some people to see right now."

Horning is accused of shooting and killing her ex-boyfriend's mother, Christina Powell, Thursday morning in front of a child they shared.

According to court documents, Gardner received a Facebook message from Horning Thursday morning saying she was going to kill herself. He found her sitting on a bench about a mile from the murder scene.

"Long story short, I picked her up because I felt something was off," Gardner said.

He learned what happened once Horning showed him a news post on Facebook saying she was wanted for murder.

"It was a stressful situation and I said, 'we're going to turn you in,' and then she agreed."

 

 

Gardner drove to the Safeway near Mission and Hamilton and called 911. Police were on scene in less than a minute.

Gardner said Horning was anxious, depressed, and wanted custody of her two children who were staying with their fathers. Both had no contact orders against Horning, but police believe that didn't stop her from visiting one of their homes.

Horning told police she threw the gun into the Spokane River -- it's unclear where she got it. Her ex-boyfriend, the victim's son, told police the grey revolver belonged to him, but Gardner also told officers that his revolver was missing -- something he wouldn't comment about during his interview with KXLY.

"Knowing her personally, that wasn't something that she would normally be capable of, or want to do," Gardner said.

Horning is in jail on a $1 million bond. She has a criminal record dating back to 2009 which includes domestic violence and a felony from when she was a juvenile.


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