Hector Zuniga-Martinez, 31, has been charged with a fatal shooting 10 years ago in the former Brookwood Apartments in Carrollton. He eluded police until he was arrested in 2011 in Dallas, Texas. He has been charged with murder and aggravated assault.
Zuniga is alleged to have shot and killed a man in the Brookwood Apartments parking lot in 2003. An investigation revealed that the altercation started as a fistfight, but the suspect overtook the victim, produced a gun and shot him before fleeing.
Zuniga was granted a $400,000 bond last November, but came before Judge Jack Kirby with his attorney, public defender Valerie Cooke, to request a reduction.
He was granted the bond last year by Judge John Simpson because he had been in jail for 90 days, and his case had not yet been indicted — the judge is required to grant a bond of some amount in that situation.
Cooke said Zuniga has still not been indicted, though six grand juries have been impaneled since he was brought to Carroll County last June.
His attorney said Zuniga was living in Florida and Texas between 2003 and 2011, working under his legal name.
Assistant District Attorney Herb Cranford said he could not speak to his working under his own name, but opposed the reduction.
“In light of him basically disappearing for seven years, the state opposes the motion,” Cranford said.
Cranford said the state expects to indict Zuniga during the next grand jury session, starting Feb. 19.
Kirby denied the motion, saying if Zuniga was not indicted by the upcoming grand jury, he would grant a reduced bond.