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New information in Park Twp. murder investigation
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There are exclusive new details Monday night in an Ottawa County murder investigation as the prime suspect walks free from jail.
Maryann Castorena bonded out of jail Monday.
She was arrested last week on a charge of lying to police in connection to the murder of her ex-boyfriend Jose Hernandez.
He was found beaten to death outside his Park Township apartment on January 6.
Castorena's bond was set at $1 million, even though she had not been charged with a capital crime.
Monday her attorney was able to reduce her bond by more than 90-percent.
We spoke with him earlier this evening. He says Castorena is not only innocent, but a victim who has not been allowed to mourn the loss of her friend.
After 10 days behind bars Maryann Castorena was able to post bail and walk out of the Ottawa County Jail with the help of her attorney Robert Alvarez.
"The reason for the million dollar bond in the courts view was because they believed that a murder charge or some other type of capital offense was imminent," Alvarez said. "Imminent is pretty vague, given that now we're out about a week, week and a half and nothing yet has come of their investigation."
He says that coupled with Castorena's strong ties to Ottawa County and several health factors aided in reducing her bond from one million down to just $75,000.
"She has lupus she also has extensive fibromyalgia pain," Alvarez said. "That is affected quite severely by the coldness, the atmosphere in the jail."
He also says lying to a police officer, the felony Castorena is charged with, now is broad and difficult to prove.
"The prosecution will have to prove that she knowingly and wilfully [...] withheld a material fact in the investigation," he said.
He says lying to a police officer is relatively new and often used when leverage is needed.
Anthony Delagarza is an acquaintance of both Castorena and Hernandez, who was arrested Friday for lying to police. He is still in jail and his bond is set at $250,000.
As for Castorena her attorney says she is on tether at an undisclosed location.
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says lab work expected back this week should dictate whether or not Castorena will receive more charges.