A New Jersey woman was arrested on Monday morning and charged with murder in relation to a domestic dispute that turned fatal when she allegedly opened fire on her wife and shot her in the face.
28-year-old Laura Bluestein faces a slew of charges – including first degree murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and tampering with evidence – due to the shooting death of her wife, 29-year-old Felicia Dormans, NJ.com reported. Dormans was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, police were called to the couple’s Mount Holly home after one of Bluestein’s relatives reported a potential assault inside the residence. When authorities arrived, Bluestein was quickly placed under arrest.
No word has surfaced as to any possible motive for the slaying. The Facebook pages belonging to both Bluestein and Dormans indicate that the couple were happy and well-traveled, having vacationed together in Ocean City, Maryland, in May and moving into their house together that same month.
“The motive for the shooting is being investigated,” the prosecutor’s office said, noting that the tampering charge against Bluestein reflects her alleged attempt “to conceal the fact that she had killed her partner.”
Both Bluestein and Dormans were Pennsylvania natives, with Dormans hailing from Northampton and Bluestein from Philadelphia. They had only been married for about a year before Dormans’ death, according to their social media pages.
Bluestein is currently being held in Burlington County Jail.