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Jun 17, 2013 6:54 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

Judge Grants Lower Bond for Accused Murderer

CORPUS CHRISTI - Bond was lowered for a man accused of fatally shooting a co-worker's husband earlier this month. Juan Salazar's bond was reduced from $250,000 to $25,000.

Monday morning Salazar told the judge he simply couldn't afford his $250,000 bond due his current financial situation.

Salazar's name caused a bit of confusions in court. That's because there had been a mistake made in jail naming him as Juan Perez, rather than Juan Salazar.

Salazar is currently enrolled in Del Mar college's nursing program and works about 36 hours at Fast Act Delivery, the business where the fatal shooting happened June 8th.

Those two factors are why Salazar isn't able to make bail. Even with the reduced bond he doesn't have the all the money to make bail. So Salazar told the judge the help of family he would have enough.

Family and friends burst into tears of joy when the judge granted the lower bond.

"He's not the type of person that would pull out a gun an shoot anybody. He's a very nice guy. I don't think he needs to be in jail," says David Machicek, a friend of Juan Salazar.

Judge Galvan has ordered Salazar to be on house arrest and to wear an ankle monitor. He'll only be allowed to go to school, work, and meet with his attorney.

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