Judge Sets $10 Million Bond For Meland's Suspected Killer

POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 5:26pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:34am

A man wanted for the murder of a school teacher in September 2008 faced a judge Thursday afternoon. He is now formally charged with murder. The bond for Daniel Perez was set at 10 million dollars.

The McAllen Police Department investigated 28-year-old Summer Meland's death since September 27, 2008. At that time, officials had insufficient evidence to charge Perez for the death of his ex-girlfriend, but after further investigating the case and interviewing more witnesses, officials had enough to arrest him. But when investigators were ready to make the arrest, he was nowhere in sight.

Spokesperson for McAllen police, Joel Morales, tells News Center 23 Perez was staying at a relative's home in Irapuato, México. U.S. Marshals found and arrested him December 1st and was extradited back to the states to face murder charges.

Perez is also facing federal charges after he allegedly went to México to evade police.

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