Murder defendant involved in Dollar Saver shooting once again appealing for lower bond

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Another court appearance is on the docket for a Wichita Falls murder defendant on Thursday, March 20, as he continues to appeal for a lower bond.

Adan Chavez has been in jail since October 2022, awaiting trial for the shooting death of 23-year-old Jorge Gonzalez in the parking lot of Dollar Saver on North 8th.

His bond was originally set at $1 million, and his motion for a lower bond was denied in 89th District Court in February 2023.

His appointed attorney then appealed to the Second Court of Appeals, which agreed it was excessive, and sent it back for a new bond to be set.

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The prosecution and defense then agreed on a new bond of $275,000.

Three months later, the defendant filed another motion claiming the new bond was excessive.

The local court denied this request also, stating it was not excessive or unreasonable, and noted that Chavez had previously failed to abide by bond conditions in a federal case, has had five disciplinary violations while in jail, is considered a flight risk by the court, and had previously agreed to the new bail and later contested it as too high.

The appeals court again sent the appeal back to 89th District with questions to be answered on whether the required public safety report was considered and what other information was used to decide to deny a lower bond.

The trial court replied no public safety report was considered and that the defendant, at the time, neither asked the court to do so nor objected when it was not considered.

The trial court stated what was considered in setting the bond was his criminal history and circumstances of his federal charge of human smuggling, for which no bond is set, violations of his bonds, his five disciplinary violations while in jail, the violent nature of his alleged offense and that he had already agreed to a $275,000 bond.

The appeals court had previously ruled that a trial court must review the public safety report in decisions on a defendant's bail.

As the battle over his bonds continues, no trial date has been set, and pretrial matters are on Thursday's docket for Chavez's murder and deadly conduct charges.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma's Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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