ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man charged with the murder of an 8-year-old girl will not be getting out of jail any time soon.
On Friday, Bernalillo County Judge Jacqueline Flores slapped a $1 million bond on David Candelaria Sr.
Candelaria's son, David Candelaria Jr., who also faces charges related to the shooting, was in court, too. The father and son sat side by side in court and both pleaded not guilty.
Police say Candelaria Sr., 44, fired a gun at a car 8-year-old Sunni Reza was riding in near the Alamosa Community Center on May 31.
Police say the shooting happened after an argument escalated between the suspects and the men the girl was with.
Reza was the only one hit and later died.
Police found the gun nearby and traced it back to Candelaria Sr. They also used surveillance photos to catch him two days after the shooting during a SWAT standoff.
His son, Candelaria Jr., 23, is facing tampering with evidence and conspiracy charges. His bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety, but his attorney, Randy Chavez, asked for leniency.
"Judge, we're asking you consider a $25,000 bond," he said. "As pre-trial stated, he has a DWI and that's it … at best, he's caught up with the aftermath in he situation. He's not charged with any violent crime."
Judge Flores agreed to the reduction in bond and ordered the father and son to not have any contact after a request from prosecuting attorney Nicholas Marshall.
"I know there is sometimes exceptions made, but in this case, I don't think there should be," Marshall said.
On Friday, court background investigators revealed Candelaria Sr. has a violent background and has been convicted of three felonies. Court records show he was convicted of raping a minor in 2000.
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