A Renville man accused of shooting another Renville man to death last month has been released on bail. Julian Valdez, age 26, told police he and a friend were playing pool in his garage that night when they were accosted by Gutierrez. Valdez says he shot Gutierrez when Gutierrez became aggressive and tried to attack his friend.

Valdez is charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Murder for the August 5th shooting death of 31-year-old Pablo Gutierrez. Unconditional bail was initially set at $500,000, and $300,000 with conditions. Valdez’ attorney asked that bail be lowered so he can be released on $50,000 conditional bond, with one of the main conditions being that he submit to GPS monitoring so his location can be tracked.

Valdez’ attorney Erica Allex is also challenging the probable cause for one of the murder counts against him. She will be presenting her arguments in writing to Judge Laurence Stratton.


(JP Cola, KWLM)