RUPERT — An April 2 sentence hearing for a Nampa man accused of shooting and killing his former girlfriend’s father was postponed because presentence test results have not come back yet, according to court staff.
Denis O. Lopez-Serrano has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a weapons enhancement, second-degree kidnapping and aggravated assault.
As of Monday afternoon, another date for the hearing had not been set.
Lopez-Serrano is charged in the shooting death of Rafael Gil Vargas, 43, in April 2018 and for shooting Vargas’ daughter, Nallely Vargas, who was Lopez-Serrano’s former girlfriend.
Lopez-Serrano lured Nallely Vargas out of her Minidoka home to pick up the couple’s 2-year-old daughter and then waited on a road to kill her, officials said during a previous court hearing. When she arrived in a car with her father, Lopez-Serrano shot and fatally wounded Rafael Vargas.
Lopez-Serrano drove her and her father to a remote location and said he was going to kill her and dump both of their bodies, according to Nallely Vargas’ court testimony.
Nallely Vargas said Lopez-Serrano pointed the gun at her father’s head during the drive and shot her in the hand when she put her hand over the gun’s muzzle.