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Cops: Ballestero confessed to choking girlfriend

Steve Ballesteros (Source: LSO) Steve Ballesteros (Source: LSO)

Court documents reveal Steve Ballesteros, 41, admitted to choking Maria Priscilla Perez.

According to the arrest affidavit, Ballesteros told police he thought Perez, 32, was having an affair. He says she arrived at their residence on the 2900 block of 45th Street around 5 p.m. Thursday. He says he and Perez went into the bedroom to talk. That's when he says he snapped and starting choking her with his hands. Ballesteros told police he didn't stop until her eyes were closed and her tongue was sticking out.

In the warrant, he says he positioned her body so she was lying lengthwise on the bed. He then covered Perez with a blanket and closed the door. Ballesteros instructed Perez's oldest child to not go into the bedroom. The three other children were in the living room.

Ballesteros told police he stole Perez's green Toyota 4runner and drove around all night.

Lubbock Police say Friday morning Perez's children asked a maintenance worker if he could wake up their mom. He went into the bedroom and found her deceased.

Police arrived just before 9:30 a.m. Ballesteros came back to the residence around noon. He yelled "Here I am" to police. Shortly after, officers chased him down the street where he crashed into a van on 50th and Canton.

Witnesses say he climbed out of the sunroof and ran. Police arrested him on the scene.

When Ballesteros arrived at the police department he said, "I'm sorry but I killed her man. I choked her, ok. I know what I did man. I hate it man. I'm sorry I just snapped".

He explained to the police that the chase was premeditated. The documents state Ballesteros wanted police to know he stole Perez's vehicle so he could get capital murder. He told police he wanted the death penalty.

Ballesteros is behind bars at the Lubbock County Detention Center. His bond is set at $500,000.

Child Protective Services tells us Perez's three children are in foster care and her 8-year-old child is staying with family.

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