June 22, 2018 10:28 PM
Norman County officials released videos and transcripts of the moments before a deadly YouTube stunt filmed a year ago in Halstad.
Pedro Ruiz III was shot by his girlfriend Monalisa Perez who has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 180 days in jail in March.
Ruiz held a book in front of him and asked Perez to fire a gun at it. He had apparently tested it before and the .50-caliber bullet didn't penetrate the book.
According to a video transcript released Friday, Perez said she does not want to do it.
“Babe, I’m not doing this, I can’t,” Perez said toward the end of the transcript.
“‘Kay, babe,” Ruiz said.
“I don’t want to be responsible,” she said.
“You won’t as long as you hit the book,” he said. “As long as you hit the book you’ll be fine. Come on. The batteries gonna die on it. Come closer.”
Shortly after, the transcript said a shot was fired.
Officers didn't release the video showing the actual shooting.
According to the criminal complaint, Perez told authorities Ruiz wanted to make a YouTube video of her shooting a bullet into a book he was holding against his chest. She said she fired from about a foot away.
Perez also told authorities Ruiz showed her a different book he had shot, and the bullet did not go all the way through.
Norman County Attorney James Brue told WDAY he had to balance the need to hold Perez accountable with the fact that the "foolish stunt" was concocted by Ruiz.
Most of the rest of the transcript shows Ruiz coaching Perez and encouraging her.
“Hey, this is the moment of truth babe,” he said at one point.
The transcript said she cried in response.
ABC-affiliate WDAY contributed to this report.
Updated: June 22, 2018 10:28 PM
Created: June 22, 2018 12:49 PM
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