A judge lowered bail Tuesday for a Sunnyside man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Pasco teen outside a dance club.
Richard A. Smith, a lawyer for Enrique Alcaide, argued bail should be lowered due to his client’s lack of criminal history, employment at a Toppenish farm and ties to the region.
Smith provided letters of support for Alcaide, apparently from the suspect’s employer and a former high school teacher.
Dave Corkrum, Franklin County chief deputy prosecutor, argued against lowering the $750,000 bail, saying the murder charge against Alcaide is serious and warrants the high bail amount.
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Judge Vic VanderSchoor decided to lower the bail to $500,000. Smith did not indicate whether Alcaide would be able to post bail.
VanderSchoor also ruled that the body of Eduardo Angon Del Villar will be held at the Franklin County Coroner’s Office until defense attorneys have the opportunity to review autopsy reports, which could take up to five weeks to be handed over.
Coroner Dan Blasdel had notified the court at a hearing last week that he planned to release the body of Angon Del Villar to family as soon as possible.
Alcaide, 22, and his uncle, Santos Flores-Alcaide, 28, are both charged with murder in the August death of Angon Del Villar, 19, who was shot several times during a fight at La Tropicana nightclub.
Prosecutors say the shooting happened after Alcaide and the victim got into a fist fight in the parking lot of the club.
As the two men fought, Flores-Alcaide allegedly got a stolen gun from a car and shot Angon Del Villar, court documents said. Alcaide is accused of telling his uncle to grab the weapon.
The suspects were pulled over a short while later and arrested, court documents said. Police found a .9-mm handgun at the scene and Alcaide apparently admitted to police his uncle shot the victim.