HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) _ A Plainville woman was arraigned in Hartford court Thursday for the fatal shooting of a man on Prospect Avenue in West Hartford Wednesday night.

Angela Grasso-Cunha, 27, had her bail raised to $750,000 after she posted the initial bail of $50,000 following her arrest on a manslaughter charge.

Her attorney argued in court that she shot 23-year-old Jose Mendez, of Hartford, in the head in self-defense after receiving threatening messages, according to the Hartford Courant.

Mendez was found shot once in the temple on Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m. in the area of Prospect and Kane Street after he had crashed a car he was driving through a fence on the Prospect Avenue side of a property at 27 Park Road.

Grasso-Cunha allegedly shot him in the temple while they were driving.

In court, the judge refuted the self-defense claim, saying there was no belief that imminent deadly force was required.

Grasso-Cunha was reportedly a licensed bail bondswoman for Capitol Bail Bonds.

She called police after the shooting and has been cooperating. She had a valid firearms permit and bought the gun legally.


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