Woman accused of running over husband with car in liquor store parking lot

Phillip Lobato killed Monday in liquor store lot

WESTMINSTER, Colo - A woman accused of running over her husband and killing him was charged with murder Wednesday.

Adams County District Attorney Dave Young announced the filing of first-degree murder and vehicular homicide charges against Nancy Jo Arias, 38, in the death of her husband on Monday.

Arias is charged in the death of Phillip Anthony Lobato, 38.

The charges allege that Arias ran over Lobato, 38, with her car after he struck her several times in the face during an argument that began in the car. The incident took place at about 12:30 a.m. Monday at Hill Top Liquor, 2735 W. 72nd Avenue in Westminster.

According to an arrest affidavit, Arias told police, "You might as well take me now. I ran over him," shortly after they arrived at the location.  She told police she and her husband were arguing about infidelity when Lobato struck her three times in the face before getting out of the car.  He then struck her several more times through the driver's window.

Arias told police she threatened to hit Lobato with the car and he taunted her, saying that she wouldn't do it, according to the affidavit.

"I contemplated and then I hit him," she is quoted as saying in the affidavit. "I'm one of those persons who get the last word."

Lobato was pronounced dead at the hospital. Arias was arrested by Westminster police at the scene.

She will be advised of the charges Thursday morning in Division E of Adams County District Court.

Court records reveal Lobato and Arias had been together since they were 14 years old.

"He loved his kids, he loved his wife, he loved his family.  He loved his family," said his father Ronnie Lobato.  "What's in my heart is he'd make you laugh.  He'd accept you as part of the family," he said.  

Lobato and others visited a memorial created in the liquor store parking lot where Arias was confronted by investigators.   Balloons, cards, flowers and candles make up the memorial which will be the site of a candle light vigil at 8:30 on Thursday night.

"He's been there for me, he's been there for his kids. It's just really sad to have this situation happen."

Friends and family worry most about Phillip's kids, who've lost their father, and possibly their mother.

A memorial fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank.

7NEWS contacted Arias at the Adams County Jail but she declined our interview request.

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