OAKLAND — An Oakland man was arrested and charged with murdering his girlfriend during an argument at a homeless camp, according to court records.
Soeut Sen, 59, was charged Friday with murdering 38-year-old Liewhin Saephanh. He remains in Santa Rita Jail on a no-bail hold, records show.
Saephanh was shot and killed Dec. 19, at a homeless camp where she was living on the 1700 block of East 12th Street in Oakland. Police said in court papers that witnesses said she and her boyfriend, “Sam,” were in an argument that ended with a gunshot, and that he told them Saephanh had accidentally shot herself.
Police identified “Sam” as Sen, and arrested him Wednesday at the same location as the shooting. During an interview, he denied being involved in the homicide but said he ran from the area when the cops showed up, according to a probable cause statement written by an Oakland detective.
When he was arrested, Sen was in possession of an amount of methamphetamine “larger than a personal dose” and cash that appeared consistent with drug proceeds, according to police.
Sen has prior convictions for stalking and false imprisonment, according to the charging document.
Police have not publicly revealed what the couple were reportedly arguing about before the shooting.
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