The woman accused of imprisoning and torturing a business client before he was fatally shot in her midtown Sacramento apartment has been charged with murder, authorities say.
Michelle Okumura, 23, also is accused of using a "heated metal implement" to inflict great bodily injury on the victim, the criminal complaint against her and her boyfriend shows.
Late Tuesday, Sacramento police arrested Okumura on suspicion of torture and false imprisonment in connection with the fatal shooting of Eric Jackson early that morning in Okumura's 17th Street apartment.
Officers also arrested Okumura's boyfriend, 31-year-old Jeremy McMahon, on suspicion of murder.
But when they appeared for their arraignments in Sacramento Superior Court today, both suspects were charged with murder, said Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman with the District Attorney's Office.
The DA's criminal complaint alleges McMahon fatally shot Jackson, 22, with a .45 caliber handgun. Okumura also was armed with a .45 caliber handgun, the complaint alleges, but did not fire it.
She did, however, use a "heated metal implement" to torture the victim, the complaint alleges.
Both suspects were charged with torture and false imprisonment. McMahon also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Sacramento police have said Jackson and Okumura were in a "business relationship" that had soured. The attack occurred after the victim arrived at Okumura's apartment, north of O Street, sometime over the weekend and then was held against his will. They declined to elaborate on the nature of the business relationship.
Officers arrived to find Jackson's body about 3 a.m., after callers reported gunfire and the sound of breaking glass.