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Woman accused of killing boyfriend said she meant to scare him

SANFORD, Fla. — A woman accused of shooting her boyfriend to death Tuesday morning told investigators that she had meant to scare him, not kill him, according to WFTV.

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Records show deputies with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrested Natalia Fulton, 26, on a manslaughter charge Tuesday. Officials told WFTV that Fulton shot her boyfriend, 41-year-old Aaron Payne, during an argument in the middle of the street on Tuesday morning.

Fulton told authorities that Payne got on his bicycle and tried to leave with her belongings Tuesday morning, WFTV reported, citing court records. She said she grabbed one of his bags and it dropped to the ground, revealing what she thought was a BB gun. She said she picked up the gun and pointed it at Payne in an attempt to scare him into stopping, but that she inadvertently pulled the trigger and shot him in the neck, WFTV reported.

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Amanda Zenaty, a friend of Fulton’s and Payne’s, told WFTV that the couple was having issues, but that she never imagined that Fulton would have shot Payne.

“She loved him deeply, at least from what I gathered,” she said. “As far as he’s concerned, he loved her just as much, if not more.”

She remembered Payne as a “good friend” and a “solid dude.”

“Last time I talked to him was on Dec. 29, and he wanted to let me know that he was proud of me and cared about me,” she told WFTV. “(He was) happy that (I) was doing so good.”

A judge ordered Fulton held Wednesday on a $60,000 bond and the condition that she wear a GPS monitor if she’s released, according to WFTV.