POSTED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 8:49am
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 4:45pm
MCALLEN - It was a gruesome murder in the town of Lopezville after a man was shot and killed in front of his family. On Monday bond was set for Carlos Alexis Saldana for 1 million dollars.
21-year-old Francisco Javier Vega and 20 year old Gilberto Bustos Jr. were also arraigned and charged with failure to report a felony, each were given a 25-thousand dollars bond.
Investigators with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's office said the incident was gang related, they say it was a feud between two gangs.
Saldana said “I was under the influence ...I was drugged up and another words they aggravated me, so it’s either me or him...they came at me swinging, he seen me, he thought I was drunk when I was walking, he thought he was gonna get me so I had my strap...I did what I had to do.. I did a warning shot and it came out to be a lucky shot.”
Judge Homer Jasso said "If you set low bonds they will be out in a week that’s why I set a 1 million dollar bond, otherwise they will be out again killing more people.”
Hidalgo County Sherriff Lupe Trevino said that although there have been no reports of retaliation, they want to prevent anything from happening. They have taken extra precautionary measures.
Trevino also says Mobile substations have been set-up along with surveillance towers; increase in police presence, along with the tactical squad and gang unit to ensure peace in the community.