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Murder suspect wants bond reduced
Wilson County NewsAugust 7, 2013 | 1,753 views | 3 comments
Since his arrest Nov. 14, 2012, Kyle Jacob McKay of Kirby has been held in the Wilson County Jail on a total of $110,000 bond. Jury selection ahead of his trial on one count each of murder and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle is set for Aug. 12.
When McKay, 19, appeared in Wilson County District Court July 31, he asked for a bond-reduction hearing, according to court records, which is set for Aug. 6.
McKay is charged in the shooting death of 23-year-old Dakotah Reynolds of San Antonio. Hog hunters found Reynolds’ body in a remote area of the Quail Run Golf Course near S.H. 123 north of Stockdale. In addition to being charged in connection with Reynolds’ death, officials earlier said that McKay was seen driving the victim’s 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier in the moments following the shooting.
Also present in court July 31 was 52-year-old Ruth Elizabeth Snider Escalante -- also known as Liz Snider -- who was arraigned. She is charged with two counts of theft of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000. A third enhanced count alleges that she perpetrated this same crime against an elderly victim.
Escalante was the subject of an arrest warrant, charging her with failure to appear, because she was not present in court June 11 for her original arraignment date. Court records indicate that her attorney convinced 81st Judicial District Court Judge Donna Rayes to recall the warrant. Ramirez alleged that Escalante missed the previous court date due to medical issues. Her next court appearance is a pretrial hearing set for Aug. 27, followed by a docket call Sept. 25, with jury selection ahead of Escalante’s trial set for Oct. 7.
Earlier in the week, on July 29, Rayes sentenced Marcos Garza, 20, of Floresville to 10 years’ probation after he waived his right to a jury trial. Garza was found guilty of intoxication assault for his role in an Oct. 1, 2011, crash at the intersection of U.S. 181 and A Street in Floresville.
Before beginning probation, Garza will be required to serve approximately one year in Texas Department of Criminal Justice custody. This, said Assistant District Attorney Audrey Louis of the 81st Judicial District, will include boot camp and a stint in a Substance Abuse Felony Punishment (known as SAF-P) facility. He also must perform 300 hours of community service at a rate of 16 hours per month, according to court records. Garza also must pay $60,262 in restitution to Floresville resident Lucy Pagan, who suffered injuries in the crash.
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