Man charged in fatal shooting of girlfriend in Lakewood

Mindy Hughes’ 8-year-old daughter went to the back porch and prayed that no one would die as she listened to mother have a loud and angry fight with her boyfriend about going to the food bank.

The girl wasn’t sure God heard her, she told a chaplain after Hughes was fatally shot Saturday at the Lakewood residence, because she didn’t finish the prayer by saying amen.

Hughes’ boyfriend, 28-year-old Carlos Eduardo Perez Calderon, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the 26-year-old woman’s death.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $750,000.

Charging papers give this account of the incident at the residence in the 8200 block of Lake Street Southwest:

Talking to the chaplain, the 8-year-old said Hugthes told Calderon he had to be the one to go to the food bank, because she wasn’t a resident and didn’t qualify.

They yelled, and Calderon used profane words, the girl said, at which point Hughes told her children, the 8-year-old and a 4-year-old, to leave the room.

Police got a call about the shooting, and arrived to find a man doing CPR on Hughes as Calderon stood next to them.

Calderon told police Hughes threw a cup at him, then the children left and then she flipped a table. He said a gun on the table went off when it fell, shooting Hughes in the chest.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner said that account didn’t make sense, based on the path of the bullet.

Court records do not list an attorney for Calderon.