Murder suspect Juan Faisao Mendiola won’t be released from prison any time soon as the court denied his motion for release yesterday.
Facing charges of murder in the shooting death of Peter John Rios, Mendiola has been in detention since May.
In court, Mendiola requested to be released on his personal recognizance or on electronic monitoring, arguing that he would not be a danger to the community if he is placed on the EMP, further arguing that the conditions of his initial bail terms were unconstitutional.
“The underlying facts indicate that the defendant shot the victim Peter Rios Jr. in the chest with a gun taking his life … the shooting occurred as a result of an argument between the two,” court documents stated.
The court also shared concerns over the safety of two witnesses present at the time of the altercation. According to the court, one of the witnesses expressed being in fear of the defendant.
In denying the request, the court considered the nature of the charges, stating that there are no reasonable assurances that Mendiola would not be a danger to the community or that he would appear for court proceedings even with electronic monitoring.