Judge denies bond for suspects in Border Patrol agent's murder
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:02:05 GMT —
A judge has denied bond for two men jailed in the death of an off-duty Border Patrol agent during a botched robbery in Santa Monica.
Both Gustavo Tijerina and Ismael Hernandez appeared before Willacy County Justice of the Peace George Solis early Tuesday afternoon.
The two men are accused in the death of Border Patrol agent Javier Vega, Jr.
Vega was off-duty and fishing with his family when they were allegedly confronted by Tijerina and Hernandez during a botched robbery.
An exchange of gunfire ended with Vega fatally shot in the chest, his father shot in the hip and the two suspects fleeing the scene.
Willacy County Sheriff's Department deputies found Tijerina and Hernandez hiding in a tool shed in nearby Sebastian.
Both men are facing capital murder, attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence charges.
Judge Solis denied bond for both men on the capital murder charges but issued $1.5 million dollars in bonds for the other charges.
Tijerina appeared first and spoke out in court and asked to speak with his family.
The capital murder suspect apologized to Vega's family saying that he never meant to harm anyone.
"I know they might kill me," Tijerina said in Spanish before Judge Solis stopped him.
Hernandez told Judge Solis that he didn't shoot anybody and that he has never even touched a weapon.
"I don't know why I am being charged with so many things," Hernandez said in Spanish after Judge Solis read the charges.