Video shows Fresno woman confessing in fatal shooting of sister, newborn niece

Court documents Action News obtained months after the murders revealed a possible motive.

Thursday, June 1, 2023
Video shows Fresno woman confessing in fatal shooting of sister, newborn niece: DA
A taped confession played in court on Wednesday captured a Fresno woman admitting to killing her own sister and three-week-old niece.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A taped confession played in court on Wednesday captured a Fresno woman admitting to killing her own sister and three-week-old niece.

Yarelly Solorio-Rivera and her boyfriend, Martin Arroyo-Morales, are accused of killing 18-year-old Yanelly Solorio-Rivera and her 3-week-old daughter Celine in September of last year while they were sleeping in their southwest Fresno home.

The sisters' entire family were on the edge of their seats in court as they listened to the chilling confession.

"Can you show me how you were pointing it?" a detective in the video can be heard asking Solorio-Rivera.

"Like this," Solorio-Rivera responds as she pointed the gun out. "I was like this, probably like that."

"Did you mean to shoot her in the face?" the detective asks.

"Did I mean to shoot her?" replies Solorio-Rivera.

To which the detective responds, "In the face?"

"Yeah," Solorio-Rivera answered.

Action News was not able to show the suspects' faces as they appeared in court Wednesday.

Yanelly and Yarelly's younger sister was a witness, testifying that she saw Arroyo-Morales running from the garage outside of her home the morning of the murder.

She was home when the shooting happened.

Just moments before the shooting, she went outside to close the gate so the dogs wouldn't get out.

"I remember shutting the gate when I officially shut it that's when I heard these four gunshots go off - I thought they were sounds from somewhere far away," said the younger sister.

She did not tell detectives about seeing Arroyo because of fear of retaliation.

Lead detective Justin Baroni also took the stand, explaining two sisters were fighting before Yanelly's death.

"They had a strained relationship at the time and they used to be good friends," Baroni said. "At one point, the Police were called to the house and the police took a firearm from Yarelly that she had purchased and it was because of Yanelly."

Court documents Action News obtained months after the murders revealed a possible motive.

The documents reveal that Yarelly told police she was jealous of the attention her sister and her newborn baby were getting and she wanted that for herself and her own children.

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