Judge denies bond for suspect in musician's death
Wed, 22 Apr 2009 16:27:59 GMT —
A judge has denied bond for a 22-year-old man accused of killing a San Benito musician.
San Benito police arrested Manuel Pea for the death of 84-year-old Ramon Pion.
Police believe Pea broke into Pion's home on Sunday morning and attacked the bedridden man to steal electronics.
Pion died from his injuries but investigators clues lead them to Pea, who only lived a couple of blocks away.
Pea was arraigned on Tuesday morning where he was denied bond.
Investigators said Pea has prior arrests for burglary and is a member of a gang known as the "Vallucos."
It's still not clear if Pea worked alone or had help during the crime.
Family and friends of Pea, a beloved conjunto singer/songwriter, said they continue to search for closure.
Relatives said Pion had 14 children and mentored Tejano music legend Freddy Fender.
Funeral services for Pion will be held on Wednesday.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. Wednesday at the San Benito Funeral Home on the corner of Williams Road and Business 77.
Funeral services will follow at the Monte Meta Cemetery.
The public is invited.