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Former mayoral candidate remains jailed on arson charges

Former CC Mayoral Candidate John Medina
Posted at 7:00 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 11:04:29-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A former Corpus Christi mayoral candidate remains in jail after being arrest on arson charges in connection with a fire that took place on Election Day.

Nueces Country District Attorney Mark A. Gonzalez confirmed to KRIS 6 News on Tuesday night that former mayoral candidate John Medina was arrested on arson charges in connection with a fire that took place on Election Day.

Medina, 63, remains in jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

Gonzalez said the charge stems from a joint investigation involving the district attorney's office, the Corpus Christi Police Department, the Corpus Christi Fire Department, and the Texas Rangers in connection with the Nov. 3 fire at Medina's home.

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Corpus Christi Police Department Public Information Officer Travis Pace said Friday afternoon that Medina was arrested at around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in the home located in the 4900 block of Mokry, on suspicion of arson.

Corpus Christi Fire Department officials also confirmed the arrest was in connection with an arson investigation.

Medina was one of nine mayoral candidates in the field Nov. 3, a race ultimately won in a run-off by current mayor Paulette Guajardo.

On that day, though, Medina also made news after reporting his home caught fire. The fire was reported at around 6:30 a.m.

Digital Content Producer Eddie Cruz contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Check back with KRIS 6 News for updates.