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Mar 3, 2014 5:10 PM by Sara Donchey

Police Say Mother-Daughter Duo Tried to Hide Gun in Connection With Cheryl St Shooting

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Maricela Bustamante, one half of the mother-daughter duo accused of tampering with evidence in connection with the Cheryl Street shooting, appeared before a judge today to have her bond reduced.

Until now, her relationship with the two male suspects charged with capital murder was unknown.

But after her appearance in court, we now know that Bustamante is the girlfriend of Brendon Gaytan.

And according to an affadavit, her tampering with evidence charge stems from an incident in which Bustamante and her mother, Juanita, allegedly tried to hide a gun.

According to police documents, it all began on the night of the shooting, just before 1 am.

That's when police say Maricela and her mom went to a house on Adams Drive--one of the houses police searched last week.

Police say it was there that Maricela told a witness to hide a gun her boyfriend used in a shooting. According to police she then stashed the gun inside the garage.

Police say that's where the gun stayed hidden for five days--until the witness told police what happened when the Bustamante women came to her house.

When officers got a warrant to search the garage last week, they found a .38 caliber handgun, tucked into a box.

Juanita Bustamante has already been released from jail and her daughter Maricela's bond was reduced today from $100 thousand to $25 thousand dollars.

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