Faulkner County Circuit Judge David Reynolds denied bond for Ramon Ernesto Mendez Rodriguez, the man police believe responsible for Friday's murder of 27-year-old Julio Ivan Cota.
Police believe Rodriguez to be 27 years old, though he declined to confirm his date of birth in court. He is charged with first-degree murder, commission of a terroristic act and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Rodriguez was arrested Friday night after Arkansas State Police, notified that a murder suspect had fled the crime scene in a tan-colored Toyota passenger car, located a vehicle matching this description in Maumelle. Rodriguez was positively identified by witnesses to the shooting.
Also arrested were Jose Leonel Lopez Maradiaga, 25, and Freddy Leonel Ramos Turcios, who police believe to be 34, though he also could not confirm his date of birth in court.
All three were living in a residence at 1426 Hardy St. at the time of the murder, and all three are Honduran citizens living illegally in the United States, according to police.
Both Maradiaga and Turcios were set bonds of $250,000. They are charged with commission of a terrorist act and, according to Wednesday's court docket, also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Reynolds ordered at the defendants' request that the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office arrange for them to contact the Honduras Consulate.
As per Reynolds' order that Rodriguez be held without bond, he will remain jailed until his trial. 20th Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Clawson said that if Maradiaga and Turcios make bond, they would likely remain in custody due to a hold placed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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