Charges Upgraded Against Bail Bondswoman In Shooting

HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) — Prosecutors have increased charges to murder against 27-year-old Angela Grasso of Plainville in the shooting death of 23-year-old  Jose Mendez of Hartford.   He was found shot in the head earlier this month near Prospect and Kane Street in West Hartford after the car he was driving crashed.  She had been his passenger.

The judge increased her bond in the case from three-quarters-of-a-million dollars to two million dollars.

Her lawyer had argued that she shot him in self-defense while they were driving.

Prosecutor Tom Garcia says he told the judge Thursday that the charges were upgraded on review of two pieces of evidence — a videotape in which Grasso described for West Hartford Police the events of the evening,  and a videotape taken at a clinic where the two had stopped thirty to forty minutes before the shooting,  in which she is seen standing ten or fifteen feet behind Mendez,  holding the purse which contained her weapon.  Garcia says she could have escaped at that time and did not do so.


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