The family’s Mexican attorney arranged a $5,000 bribe for police and prison officials, but it was rejected, and Maldonado appeared before a judge today for the first time. No verdict was issued as expected and she remains in custody, but witnesses continue to testify and the prosecutions case seems weak. However, if the judge does not set her free she could be held for months until the trial.
Gary and Yanira were in Mexico for an aunt’s funeral and riding a luxury bus liner that brought them from Phoenix because it seemed safer. They claim they were the last ones on the bus and brought no luggage aboard, but placed their bags in the buses’ side compartment. Gary wisely collected witness accounts on the scene after the military police arrested his wife. The family claims they are being framed.
Gary, now safely in the US, the Maldonado family, and even the office of state Senator Jeff Flake are closely monitoring the situation.