Mercedes man seeks bond reduction on murder charge

Juan Jose Cosme and Fidencio Castillo Cosme

A 34-year-old Mercedes man is scheduled for a hearing Monday morning where his attorney will ask a judge to lower his $1 million bond on a charge of murder.

Fidencio Castillo Cosme has been in jail since his Sept. 28 arrest over the killing of a minor.

He is charged along with his brother, Juan Jose Cosme, 37, in the case.

Court records reflect that Juan has not asked for a bond reduction request.

Details of the allegations against the men other than they are charged with murder are not public.

At the time, The Monitor asked former Mercedes police Chief Dagoberto “Dago” Chavez multiple times for comment on the arrests, but he ignored the newspaper.

However, the former chief did tell multiple television stations that Mercedes police were investigating a stabbing.

The Monitor also sought copies of the probable cause affidavits against the men from the Hidalgo County jail.

The county requested an opinion from the Texas Attorney General on whether it was obligated to release the information requested because the probable cause affidavit contained information about the minor who was killed.

The AG sided with the county that the information was protected from public disclosure under the Texas Family Code.

Neither man has been indicted and both have remained jailed since Sept. 28 on a $1 million bond.