Bond reduction denied for fatal Port Arthur shooting suspect

Published 12:28 am Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Criminal District Judge John Stevens rejected a bid to reduce the bond of a man charged in a September killing in Port Arthur.

Defense attorney Tom Burbank requested bond be reduced from $1 million for Armand Martinez-Martinez, 48. During a hearing this week, Stevens denied the request, citing an immigration hold on Martinez-Martinez.

Burbank said he does not agree with the judge’s ruling but respects it, saying he believes Martinez-Martinez’s bond should be reduced or a reasonable bond given whether or not he is legally in the country.

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Martinez-Martinez is charged in connection to the Sept. 18 fatal shooting of Alonso Vasquez Flores, 31, of Port Arthur.

The shooting occurred in the driveway of a home in the 1900 block of Green Avenue.

Martinez-Martinez was later arrested in Bexar County and deemed a flight risk by authorities.

Justice of the Peace Ben Collins Sr., who originally set the bond, said Martinez-Martinez was a flight risk and was headed toward Mexico.