Bond Reduced for Woman Charged in Shooting Homicide

Susan Salcido, the woman accused of killing her 52-year old live-in boyfriend last Thursday, had her bond reduced from $1 million to $100,000 by Judge Bobby Galvan Tuesday in the 94th District Court.

It was just after 1 a.m. Thursday, April 10, when investigators say that Salcido shot Pete Molina to death in the front yard of their home in the 200 block of Edwards Street. Officers were sent to the home after they say Salcido called them saying she had shot someone.

Among those in the courtroom on Tuesday was Janie Garcia, the sister of Pete Molina, who left the courtroom in tears after learning about the bond reduction.

"She killed my brother. She shouldn't have gotten reduced bond at all," Garcia said. "No, she's going to be out there while my brother is laying down. No one can see him anymore. No, I don't think that's fair."

According to Salcido's attorney, Mark Stolley, part of their defense will include that Salcido's mental state at the time of the shooting. Stolley said that Salcido thought her life was in danger due to previous abuse, and that she was a patient at MHMR.

"She's presumed innocent," Stolley said. "She's entitled under our laws to defend herself if reasonable and justified. She's previously been a victim of domestic abuse and self defense is a viable defense in this case."

Stolley said it will still be a stretch for her and her family to post the $100,000 bond, saying she is not a wealthy person. If she is able to post her new bond, Salcido will have to wear an ankle monitoring device and will not be allowed contact with the victim's family. She will also have a curfew.


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