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Nancy Jo Arias After Killing Husband: "I'm One of Those Persons Who Get the Last Word" (9)

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Nancy Jo Arias. Additional photos below.
Judging by her account in an arrest affidavit, Nancy Jo Arias had every reason to be angry at her husband, Phil Lobato. After all, he allegedly reacted to accusations that he'd cheated on his longtime spouse by hitting her in the face. But she's the one facing a first-degree murder charge after running over him with her car. She's quoted as telling an officer, "I'm one of those persons who gets the last word." Photos and details below.

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9News reports that Arias and Lobato, both 38, had criminal records: She'd racked up two previous assault charges, while he'd spent time in prison thanks to a lengthy rap sheet marked by kidnapping and aggravated assault beefs.

Nonetheless, Lobato, who'd reportedly been with Arias since they were both fourteen, was clearly beloved by family members and friends, with multiple relatives posting tributes and old pics on Facebook. Featured images include this one....

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...and this one....

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...as well as this memorial photo-graphic:

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How did Lobato lose his life? At about 12:30 a.m. on Monday, August 11, according to a police report obtained by 7News, Arias and Lobato were inside a car in the parking lost of Hill Top Liquor, 2735 West 72nd Avenue, when an argument erupted.

The topic: claims of his infidelity.

Arias told investigators that Lobato reacted by hitting Arias three times in the face, then stepping out of the car and striking several more blows through the driver's side window.

At that point, the affidavit continues, Arias said she threatened to run over Lobato, but he apparently wasn't convinced, tauntingly telling her she wouldn't do it.

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A memorial display in the parking lot of Hill Top Liquors, where Phil Lobato was run down, as seen in a 9News image.
So she did -- and Lobato was pronounced dead at an area hospital a short time later. In the meantime, Arias spoke with police, and an affidavit quote with a verb custom-fitted for prosecutors states: "I contemplated and then I hit him." She allegedly added: "I'm one of those persons who get the last word."

Maybe not. 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young has filed first-degree murder and vehicular homicide charges against Arias, who's due to make a court appearance this morning.

Later tonight, at 8:30 p.m., Lobato's friends and loved ones will gather in the parking lot where he died for a candlelight vigil.

Here's Arias's booking photo.

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Nancy Jo Arias.

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Brandon Moana
Brandon Moana

Abuse creates bad things so he got his just dessert.

Jenny Holliday
Jenny Holliday

I also do not think it was self defense. Once he got out of the car, she was protected.

Jenny Holliday
Jenny Holliday

Is this photo a mug shot? It is extremely poorly lit but it actually does appear that she has ecchymosis (bruising) of the left forehead, eye and cheek and the right chin.

Michelle Concha
Michelle Concha

Sounds like he provoked her actions. They both raked eachother over till one of em exploded.

Jenny Holliday
Jenny Holliday

How utterly sexist of you to say pretty much every woman will applaud her. I certainly didn't. I said that I didn't think this was 1st degree murder but rather a crime of passion. I think 2nd degree but will plea to manslaughter.

John Elliott
John Elliott

She has absolutely no physical injury - not even a scrape, cut or bruise - to show the alleged assault. It's murder - perhaps second degree - but murder nonetheless, and she needs to be put in prison for a very long time.

John Elliott
John Elliott

There seems to be absolutely no physical evidence of the alleged assault in her mug shot...none whatsoever.

Zach Knight
Zach Knight

While it is never alright to strike someone unless in self defense or to defend an animal. I think running him over night have bean an overreaction, honestly when she had enough distance to achieve lethal velocity, the threat that he posed was most likely not still that split second kill or be killed that I believe Is necessary for the district attorney to believe you or even more importantly to not charge you with some variation of illegally causing the untimely death of another.

Mark Prager
Mark Prager

Crimes of passion. In this case it's probably murder or manslaughter. .

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

Poor Mating Choices = Darwinism in Action



Jenny Holliday
Jenny Holliday

I think murder but not First Degree. I don't see this as planned and premeditated. It was done in a highly emotional state arising from her assault. Likely there will be a manslaughter plea bargain.

Daniel Pinkerton
Daniel Pinkerton

What I hear you saying is: they don't have extra large shakes at $1.35 a scoop.

Stephanie Mondragon
Stephanie Mondragon

Self defense??? He exited the car and she should have driven away. Instead her ghetto, janky ass "had to have the last word". Now she can sit in prison and think about her last words.

Stephanie Mondragon
Stephanie Mondragon

She should be charged just as she has been. She contemplated running him over and then proceeded to. She knowingly ran him over. What did she think would happen? That he would get up and go home? A sad ending to a pretty toxic sounding relationship

John Elliott
John Elliott

I'm pretty sure that makes no sense at all. Lay off the weed...or lay off the sky fairy nonsense.

Daniel Pinkerton
Daniel Pinkerton

I suppose you'd feel differently, my friend, if she worked at your local fast food restaurant. Then you'd be ordering the extra large shake.

Angela Marie
Angela Marie

We all get what we put out-it's law of attraction

John Elliott
John Elliott

Where in the mug shot does it show that she was hit in the face multiple times as she claims? This guy was big, and muscular...and she doesn't have so much as a scrape just a couple of hours after the incident. Hmmmmmm...

John Elliott
John Elliott

I'm sure you'd say the same thing if he caught HER cheating and killed her, right? Hypocrite

John Elliott
John Elliott

If he hit her in the face multiple times, as she stated to police, where are the bruising, damage, cuts or abrasions? She murdered him, period. Might be a case for second-degree murder, but murder nonetheless.

John Elliott
John Elliott

She is a murderer, plain and simple. If he had been punching her in the face, don't you think that her mug shot would show significant bruising and/or damage? Of course, pretty much every woman who reads this article will applaud her or make excuses for her behavior... Bottom line is that she committed murder. He exited the vehicle, meaning that she had time to think about what she was going to do, which makes it premeditated. She should go to prison for a long, long, LONG time.

Roy Hovland
Roy Hovland

It's not. And the judge will have the last word.

Paula Glaser
Paula Glaser

Did the cops Mirandize her? She seems to have said a lot of incriminating things that were publicized, so it's all out there now.

David Maestas
David Maestas

they were at a liquor store fighting. both have criminal records. he smacks her and taunts her that she won't run him over. she contemplates it (her words) and then does it, saying "she has to get the last word". how is this "self-defense"??

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Unfortunately the prosecutors care more about the notch in their belt than exercising common sense or compassion. We've become a system that charges offenses because they can rather than whether they should. I'd wager she'll be offered a lower offense but she'll not walk away unscathed.

Kara Elizabeth Smolinski
Kara Elizabeth Smolinski

We don't know the whole story! What I know about the story, I would say self defense. The police rarely take domestic disputes seriously. She may have called several times with no action. She may have been scared for her life, or felt stuck. If it was any other weapon it would have been filed as self defense or at most homicide. First degree is a little extreme!

Shayne Barrett
Shayne Barrett

There are laws we have to follow. Yes, he probably got what he deserved. I agree with that. But you can't just run over and kill someone and then expect to be told it's ok and you get to go home. She admitted she ran over him. No different than if she had pulled out a gun and shot him. Hopefully she receives the right justice in the courts. Shouldn't be 1st degree murder. :/

Kevin Sean Adams
Kevin Sean Adams

the poor lady went through anough after being hit by a man she took matters into her own hands and defended herself.

Rob Eskanos
Rob Eskanos

If you hit someone with your fist it is a good idea not to step in front of a car their driving afterwards. Anyone would have rightly run him over. I see it as a totally normal response. Cops are jerks and our justice system is misdirected.

Will Reidy
Will Reidy

I'd say she was defending herself

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Leave her be. A man doesn't hit a woman, ever.

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Only media outlets want to justify murder

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

It was a "preemptive strike" to prevent future attacks... just like Israel and the U$A do when they strike / kill people in foreign countries.

buttercup
buttercup

And you know this  for sure how?

venusjmartinez
venusjmartinez

Really normal response? in the real world normal response is to drive away and leave him if life was that bad.

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