Two sisters of a 24-year-old man, paralyzed after he was shot inside his Pasco home, gave an emotional plea Tuesday to keep the alleged shooter behind bars while he awaits trial.
The actions of Froilan Campos-Gonzalez Jr. on Dec. 8 frightened not only his victim, Greggory Warehime, but also the entire neighborhood, said Marcie Ballard and Shawna Holland.
The women objected to a defense request to release Campos-Gonzalez from the Franklin County jail. His first-degree assault trial is set for Feb. 29.
Ballard, who lives next door to her brother, said the only way she can get her son to sleep at night is telling him "that the bad guy is in jail now."
And while Warehime has been undergoing spinal rehabilitation in Spokane, Holland said she has been scrubbing blood off the walls at his home, patching up a bullet hole and making the place handicap accessible for her brother's eventual return.
Lawyer Jim Egan asked to let his client -- who goes by the nickname JR -- live with his oldest daughter and her husband while on house arrest.
Campos-Gonzalez, 54, would be under continuous supervision by the couple and his wife, would wear a home security ankle bracelet and would be open to random checks by Pasco police, according to Egan's motion.
Campos-Gonzalez already has surrendered his concealed weapons permit and his driver's license, and he would not leave his daughter's house except to attend church with his family, Egan said.
Egan said all that would ensure the community is safe while his client, who is on disability, prepares to face a jury. Campos-Gonzalez's family promised that if he breaks any of the rules, they immediately would call the prosecutor or police, even if it means his return to jail, Egan said.
"They don't have any money, judge, but they do have a love for their father and their husband and a desire to take care of him," he said.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant said he didn't have enough information to address Egan's motion, but told Superior Court Judge Craig Matheson that he had planned to ask that Campos-Gonzalez be sent to Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake.
"My concern is that we have an untreated mental health issue," Sant said. Campos-Gonzalez needs to be evaluated by a mental health professional and likely stabilized with medications so he is no longer a danger, he said.
Egan argued that an evaluation would add six months to a year to his client's case, which would be an injustice when he is ready for trial now.
The lawyer added that he has not raised the issue of insanity or diminished capacity because Campos-Gonzalez is competent and has been assisting Egan in his defense.
Judge Matheson denied the request Tuesday to reduce Campos-Gonzalez's bail and release him, saying the facts currently before the court require a high bail of $250,000.
Matheson added that he needs written motions in the future if Sant wants a court order for a mental health evaluation or if Egan would like to pursue his own evaluation with a six-day inpatient lockdown of Campos-Gonzalez at a Lourdes Health Network facility.
Campos-Gonzalez and Warehime used to be good friends, hanging out and doing neighborly things like sharing tools, said the Warehime sisters. But when Warehime became concerned by Campos-Gonzalez's erratic and paranoid behavior and suggested his friend get help, Campos-Gonzalez reportedly turned on him.
The sisters claim there were a lot of allegations made by Campos-Gonzalez last year involving rocks being thrown and BBs being shot into his yard and poison being left outside his home. Warehime lives across the street from Campos-Gonzalez on Coolidge Court.
Police have said it may have been a dispute about some dogs that led Campos-Gonzalez to go to Warehime's home Dec. 8. Warehime's sisters told the judge that Campos-Gonzalez was looking for their brother's roommate that day, but he wasn't home.
Warehime -- a medical assistant and nursing student -- told police that Campos-Gonzalez came to his front door, then pulled out a pistol and shot him once in the stomach.
Campos-Gonzalez claims he was being choked by Warehime during the altercation and pushed him away, then fired at Warehime when the victim allegedly came at him again, court documents said. Campos-Gonzalez was inside Warehime's home when the shooting happened.
Another female roommate reportedly overheard the confrontation and called 911 from inside a closet. Then after Campos-Gonzalez left the house, she got Warehime's cellphone so he could call his mother, Holland said.
Warehime's spinal cord was severed by the bullet, which family has said traveled through his stomach, hit his spine and exited through his hip. His sisters told the judge he is a paraplegic, and said he never will walk again.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; firstname.lastname@example.org