Defense Attorney's Legal Maneuver Fails as Her Client is Arrested in the Courtroom
SAN ANGELO, TX — Alegandro Fevala, 36, walked into the Tom Green County Courthouse Tuesday morning a free man but was arrested in court after District Judge Brad Goodwin revoked his $500,000 Personal Recognizance bond.
As we reported on July 7,2017 Fevala’s attorney, Stephanie Goodman, requested a hearing to release Fevala from custody because he’d been jailed over 90 days without being indicted per State law. Judge Goodwin then set the conditions of Fevala’s probation including the PR bond and GPS monitoring and Fevala was ordered to have no contact with any children except his own.
Testimony today showed Fevala had frequent contact with his girlfriend’s children in violation of the terms of his probation. Fevala was in court requesting the GPS monitoring stipulation be dropped because he was struggling to pay the $330 per month for the monitor.
Judge Goodwin followed the law back in 2017 he said forced him to release Fevala on a PR bond. At the time said, “The court has no choice. I don’t have to like it but I can set conditions.”
Fevala is charged with one count of aggravated kidnapping and sexual abuse and two counts of sexual assault. Fevala is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old woman. Court documents show the victim told investigators she received a social media message from someone whom she thought was a friend. She agreed to meet with the friend.
The victim approached a black Dodge Charger and when she opened the passenger door to get in, she saw Fevala who then grabbed her and took her to a house on N. Jefferson St. The house was unoccupied at the time. The victim told investigators she was sexually assaulted several times. She was able to escape when her assailant was in the bathroom.
Fevala is accused of creating the fake social media account where he posed as the victim's friend.
Goodman called Community Supervision and Corrections Department supervisor Cody Dawson as her only witness. Dawson told the court Fevala was not a problem and complied with the conditions of his probation.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Ferguson then called San Angelo Police Detective Jeremy Cannady who works in the Criminal Investigation Division’s Crimes Against Children section. Cannady testified that he was aware that there was a Child Protective Services investigation into the home where Fevala was staying. That’s how they found out that Fevala was in frequent contact with children that were not his own in violation of the terms of his probation.
Judge Goodwin revoked Fevala’s PR bond and ordered him to be remanded to the custody of the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office. Fevala was searched and cuffed and transported across the street to the Tom Green County Jail. Goodman requested the judge set a ‘reasonable’ bond for Fevala, but Judge Goodwin said he would set the bond at the original amount of $500,000.