Bail of Fil-Am man who killed son over video game cord raised to $1.5 million after guilty verdict
The bail of Filipino-American Jose D. Antonio Sr., 47, was raised to $1.5 million on July 26, after he was found guilty of killing his teenage son in Hawaii in 2008.
The bail of Filipino-American Jose D. Antonio Sr., 47, was raised to $1.5 million on July 26, after he was found guilty of killing his teenage son in Hawaii in 2008, reports GMANews.tv. Currently detained at the Maui Community Correctional Center, Antonio faces life imprisonment with a possibility of parole.
Antonio’s bond was initially $350,000 but Judge Joel August raised it to $1.5 million after state prosecutor Melinda Kathleen Mendes said there was a possibility that Antonio might flee to the Philippines. Antonio was ordered to give his Philippine passport to his lawyer Philip Lowenthal, who also has Antonio’s U.S. passport.
Antonio was found guilty of killing his 19-year-old son Jose "JR" Jr. using a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol during a confrontation that started with an argument over a video game cord, reports MauiNews.com. The report recounted that on the night of the murder, he got into an argument with his wife Zenaida over another woman who was allegedly his girlfriend. Antonio was also drinking tht night with friends and relatives in the garage of their house. Afterwards, he got into another argument with JR over a video game cord that ran from the living room to JR’s bedroom. Antonio wanted JR to remove it for safety reasons. The two also argued about the $1,400 that Antonio borrowed from JR, and Antonio slapped JR at one point. Later on, when JR was back in his bedroom, Antonio yanked the video game cord and broke it, ensuing in some swearing from JR. Claiming he was afraid when he heard his son swearing, Antonio took a loaded gun from his bedroom and went outside. JR followed him, kicking the screen door open and swearing, and put his hand on his father’s neck, prompting Antonio to fire the pistol. Five gunshot wounds were found in JR’s body.
Antonio’s lawyer argued that Antonio was under extreme mental or emotional disturbance at the time. Judge August found evidence of this disturbance but said the defendant didn’t give a reasonable explanation for the disturbance, reports MauiNews.com.
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