Ian Rey Hernandez, the 20-year-old man accused of killing 70-year-old Jesus Cruz in December, appeared Thursday in the 148th District Court for a bond reduction hearing.
Hernandez has been charged with capital murder. In court Thursday, his bond was reduced from $1 million to $250,000. Prosecutors said the judge agreed to reduce the bond because he's been in jail for 60 days and his family could not afford to post bond.
When out on bond, Hernandez will have to wear a GPS monitor and abide by curfew.
Two others -- 20-year-old Domingo Villarreal and 22-year-old Andrew Jorge -- were arrested for the crime, which occurred Dec. 18 in the 1400 block of El Paso Street. Police said that earlier that day, Villarreal had a dispute with the victim, kicking his dog, throwing down the Christmas tree and threatening to return and do harm to the family.
Later that evening, police said surveillance video showed Villarreal returning to the home with Hernandez and Jorge. They entered the residence and the shooting occurred.
When police arrived at the scene they discovered Cruz and had him transported to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
All three suspects were arrested for capital murder.