A woman accused of gunning down her husband at their Hemet home and then attempting to make a run for the border before she was apprehended pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge.

Beatriz Navarrete Torres, 42, was arrested earlier this month in Imperial County, within a few hours of the alleged attack on 41-year-old Hector Navarrete.

Along with murder, Torres is charged with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

She was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Aug. 29 at the Banning Justice Center.

Torres is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

According to Hemet police Lt. Eddie Pust, officers were called to the victim’s home in the 900 block of Silver Dust Trail, near Fruitvale Avenue, about 6:20 a.m. on July 2 to investigate reports of a shooting.

Pust said Hector Navarrete was located in the house and pronounced dead at the scene a short time later by paramedics.

Detectives immediately suspected Torres was the perpetrator, and alerts were issued to surrounding police agencies regarding the circumstances, as well as the woman’s description and vehicle, according to Pust.

He said law enforcement officials in Imperial County found and detained Torres as she was allegedly preparing to drive across the border into Mexico.

There was no word on a possible motive for the shooting.

Torres has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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