FAIRFIELD — Two men Fairfield police link to the April 19 shooting death of Gustavo Banda, 27, a father of two from Fairfield, made their first court appearances Tuesday.
Jason Thompson, 21, of Fairfield, did not enter pleas to a murder charge or to four attempted-murder charges arising from the shooting at a Travion Court apartment complex. Instead, his defense attorney, Tim Pori, had his client’s arraignment postponed until May 12.
Thompson was followed by Malik Howse, 20, of Fairfield, who faces a felony charges of being an accessory to a murder and possessing a stolen firearm.
Howse also did not enter pleas. He was also ordered back to court May 12. Judge Wendy G. Getty did order Howse’s bail be reduced from $1 million to $25,000.
Both men were arrested Friday at a duplex on Vel Place.
Authorities had been looking for Thompson since September 2013, when he skipped a court appearance for a pending felony gun possession case. Thompson was arrested three months earlier at a West Texas Street motel after police stopped him and did a putdown search, and said they found he had a loaded gun and several Vicodyn tablets.
After his arrest at the motel, Thompson posted $55,000 bail bond, which included Banda’s sister as a cosigner. The sister said Tuesday that the bond had nothing to do with the shooting and that she had no idea why her brother had been killed.
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