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Woman confessed to friends that she fatally shot girlfriend, police say

Monique Noble, 34, faces second-degree murder charge

Monique Noble is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of her girlfriend.
Monique Noble is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of her girlfriend.

MIAMI – A woman accused of fatally shooting her girlfriend inside an apartment in Miami's Overtown neighborhood appeared in court Wednesday morning.

According to the arrest report, Monique Noble, 34, shot her girlfriend, Gretchen Miranda, 48, in the head during a heated argument Tuesday.

Noble was arrested the same day on a charge of second-degree murder.

The judge and the public defender took note of Noble's green restraining vest during her appearance.

"Do you have any desire to do anything to hurt yourself as far as suicide?" the judge asked.

"Yes, ma'am. That's why they have me in a jacket," Noble replied.

Police said Noble and the victim were inside their apartment in the 400 block of Northwest Ninth Street about 1:30 a.m. when neighbors heard arguing, followed by gunfire.

"I heard the shot. It was one shot -- boom," neighbor James Charles said.

Noble's car was found by police in Broward County near the Lauderhill mall shortly after the shooting.

Crime scene technicians collected more clues at that scene, towed away her car and detained her for questioning. By the end of the night, she was arrested by Miami detectives on a charge of second-degree murder.

"They've never argued, ever. Total shock and sadness. I mean, a wonderful young lady -- her life is gone too soon," neighbor Shantasia Miller said.

Noble is being held under close observation because of her mental state. Police said she had injuries to her hands when she was arrested.

According to the arrest report, Noble called a number of people after the shooting and confessed to pulling the trigger.

But when police interviewed her, she did not tell them the same story. Police said she was booked without giving any sort of confession.

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