A Rosamond woman who admitted to fatally shooting her husband is due in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

Lila Rosema, 60, is charged with first-degree murder in the June 4 shooting of Jack Flash Rosema, 63. She at first claimed her husband shot himself, according to court documents, but later admitted shooting him with a .22-caliber handgun she retrieved from a safe in their house in the 6000 block of Backus Road.

"I snapped," she told investigators.

Her relationship with her husband, Lila Rosema told investigators, had been "horrible" since they married in 2006.

She said her husband was a controlling narcissist who refused to give her keys to the house and checked her vehicle's gas mileage to make sure she didn't leave their property while he was gone.

At the preliminary hearing, a judge will determine whether there's enough evidence to hold Rosema for trial. 

Also Tuesday, the trial of a former prison guard charged with murder in the death of his estranged wife's lover resumes with a prosecution rebuttal witness. The case is expected to go to the jury next week. 

Rigoberto Sanchez, 40, testified he fired at his wife and 33-year-old Edwin Lima in self-defense after they pointed a gun at him. Lima was struck multiple times and died; his wife was unharmed. 

The prosecution says Sanchez planned and carried out the shooting because he was jealous his wife, with whom he'd separated months earlier, was moving on with her life. Sanchez fled to Mexico after the May 28, 2017, shooting, and was arrested weeks later.

Sanchez fired 21 shots into his wife's bedroom in a northeast Bakersfield apartment after breaking a window with a cinder block, according to testimony. 

Sanchez, his wife and Lima all worked as correctional officers at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi at the time of the shooting. 

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