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Oliva Gallup, 50

Oliva Gallup, a 50-year-old Latina, was fatally shot July 3, 2003, in the 400 block of Marine Place in Manhattan Beach, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

On the day of the killing, Manhattan Beach police found Gallup dead in her home after she was shot three times by her husband, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. 

On April 6, 2016, a jury found Bill Lawrence Gallup, 68,  guilty of first-degree murder. He was also sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison three weeks later. 

During the trial, prosecutors said Oliva Gallup arrived at house with her sister after running some errands and found Bill Gallup playing music loudly. She asked her husband to turn down the music, and an argument began, according to evidence presented at trial. 

The argument ended when Bill Gallup shot his wife three times, killing her, prosecutors said. Bill Gallup then shot himself twice in the head but survived.

Testimony at trial revealed that Oliva Gallup was injured by debris caused by the first gunshot. Bill Gallup next shot Oliva Gallup in the chest, and after she fell to her knees fired a final shot to her head.

Charges were filed Aug. 1, 2003, but Bill Gallup was found mentally incompetent to be tried. Bill Gallup was found competent to face trial at a mental health court hearing in 2015.

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