Bond reduction denied for Montevallo shooting suspect

By GINNY COOPER / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO—Kevin Valladares Gutierrez of Alabaster, a suspect in a Jan. 20 shooting and robbery, applied to have his bond, currently set at $150,000, reduced to $90,000.

Gutierrez

Gutierrez

 

Searcy

Searcy

Gutierrez and Terry Christopher Searcy of Maylene have been charged with shooting and seriously injuring a woman at a Montevallo apartment complex on Jan. 20 and attempting to steal marijuana from a third party, according to charging documents filed Jan. 23.

Gutierrez and Searcy are also facing charges related to an Oc. 31, 2013 in Alabaster.

During the Alabaster incident, the men allegedly stole marijuana from an Alabaster man while Gutierrez was armed with a revolver. According to court documents, no injuries were reported.

Gutierrez filed the request to have his bond reduced, claiming that the current bond was “inappropriately and unconstitutionally high,” according to documents filed in the case.

Judge Dan Reeves denied the request.

Gutierrez also requested youthful offender status on Feb. 20, according to court documents.

If Gutierrez is awarded youthful offender status, he will waive his right to a trial by jury and could face a less severe range of punishments than he would face if tried as an adult.

Shelby County District Court Judge Dan Reeves will decide if he will grant Gutierrez youthful offender status during an April 10 hearing.

The other suspect in the case, Searcy, is set to appear before Judge Reeves on April 2 at 8:30 a.m.