A heavily pregnant girlfriend, who fatally shot the father of her child in a botched YouTube stunt, cried and pleaded with him to stop moments before the tragedy, new court documents have revealed.
Monalisa Perez, 21, told Pedro Ruiz III “I can’t do this babe, I am so scared” as he urged her to fire a high-calibre pistol into a book he was holding in front of his chest.
A transcript of the video, released Friday, detailed how Ruiz, 22, reassured his girlfriend that the 1.5-inch hardcover encyclopedia would stop the bullet, as they filmed the stunt outside their Minnesota home in June last year.
However the shot from the .50-caliber Desert Eagle Perez fired from point blank range penetrated through the book and fatally wounded the aspiring YouTuber.
The stunt took place in front of 30 witnesses including Perez and Ruiz’s three-year-old daughter.
In March Perez was jailed for six months after pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.
Yesterday Norman County authorities released transcripts of the video and Perez’s interview with police, which detailed how Ruiz pressured her over a number of weeks to participate in the stunt.
In the months leading up to the shooting, the pair had started a YouTube channel on which they posted a mix of family vlogs, pranks and stunts.
Among the pranks the pair played on each other included Ruiz unsuspectingly eating one of the world’s hottest chilis in a sandwich and being fed a doughnut with baby powder on.
As the vlog progressed, Ruiz promised to do a stunt a week to build the audience, which he promised would be “crazier” than the MTV stunt series Jackass.
In her interview with police, Perez said Ruiz was a self-confessed adrenaline junkie and intent on pursuing more and more dangerous stunts, telling her that if he died it would be doing something that made him happy.
She told investigators that Ruiz had been keen to do the shooting stunt for a number weeks but she had resisted until the fatal day.
She said when Ruiz got home from work that day he wanted to shoot the stunt straight away.
In run-up to the shooting, Perez said Ruiz had tested various books in an abandoned building and showed her one with the bullet lodged in to convince her it was safe.
Half an hour before they started filming Perez tweeted the pair were about to attempt “one of the most dangerous videos ever” and that the idea was Ruiz’s, not hers.
Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever���� HIS idea not MINE��— Monalisa Perez (@MonalisaPerez5) June 26, 2017
At the beginning of the video, Ruiz addresses the camera saying: “The most trustworthy person that I trust in this world is my girlfriend, Monalisa. So if I am going to die I am pretty much ready to go to heaven right now.”
After setting up two cameras, the transcript details Ruiz telling Perez to stand close to him and point the gun about a foot away from the book.
According to the transcript, Perez becomes emotional as she readies the shot and asks if she can put the gun’s safety back on. Ruiz responds: “Hey this is the moment of truth babe. I trust. It’s in, okay, I love you”.
In tears, Perez then pleads with Ruiz saying: “I can’t do this babe. I am so scared. My heart is beating…
She adds: “Babe, if I kill you what’s going to happen to my life? Like, no this isn’t okay… I don’t want to be responsible”.
But Ruiz reassures his girlfriend that she won’t hurt him as long as she hits the book.
The transcript ends with Perez pleading: “Stop. Babe, stop. Babe.”
In her court hearing, prosecutors said Perez was guilty of “culpable negligence that led to the tragic and completely avoidable death”.
Norman County Attorney James Brue said that while the stunt was “dreamed up, planned and executed” by Ruiz, Perez had “wrongfully and tragically relied on his assurances that the stunt was safe”.
In her interview Perez told investigators: “I didn’t mean to hurt him, he was my everything. It wasn’t supposed to happen like this”.