Judge grants request to further reduce bond of teen accused in Donna murder
EDINBURG – A judge granted a request to further reduce the bond of a teenager accused of murdering a Donna high school student.
Rene Flores, attorney of 17-year-old Carlos Julian Contreras, appeared in court Thursday requesting his bond to be dropped to from $250,000 to $100,000. Contreras’ bond was already reduced earlier this month from $1 million.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office says the motive for the murder was over money.
Flores claims the reduction would help his family’s expenses. The 17-year-old is the son of Alamo Fire Chief Rogelio Contreras. The defense offered a better option would be to have the teenager under house arrest with 24-hour monitoring, if released.
The state prosecution disputed the request claiming the 17-year-old is a flight risk, saying Contreras was out on bond for a previous offense at the time of his arrest.
The presiding judge in 206th District Court decided to lower the bond to $200,000. The defense was not satisfied with the amount, saying it's still too high for Contreras' parents.
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CORRECTION: This story had previously stated Judge Rose Guerra Reyna was present in court, which was incorrect. An alternate judge presided in court in the case.