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Phoenix man charged with girlfriend's murder

PHOENIX -- Police have arrested a Phoenix man accused of fatally shooting a woman as part of a murder-suicide plan.

Police spokesman Steve Martos said Tuesday that 44-year-old Darren Helton was booked into jail this week after being treated for injuries he suffered in the incident.

Helton faced one count of second-degree murder.

Authorities said Helton shot 29-year-old Elizabeth Smith on Friday at a Phoenix apartment and then attempted suicide.

The couple lived together at the apartment.

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