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No bond reduction for woman who allegedly helped accused killer flee to Mexico

By Lance Benzel Published: September 19, 2013

A judge on Thursday denied a request to lower a $100,000 bond for a woman jailed on suspicion of helping her brother evade arrest after a double slaying in Colorado Springs.

Regina Vigil, 24, is charged with two counts of accessory to murder on allegations she smuggled suspected gunman Gary Glen Vigil across the Mexican border in August. Vigil is wanted for first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 24-year-old Camille Root and 22-year-old Daniel Castaneda. Gary Vigil remains at large.

The pair were killed Aug. 10 in an alley off Platte Avenue, just east of Circle Drive.

Workers at a nearby strip mall said the shooter had apparently been lying in wait for Root and her companion and shot the woman, who was pregnant, in the face. Although authorities have declined to corroborate those details, lead prosecutor Jeff Lindsey said in court the victims died as the result of an "execution-style" attack.

Lindsey identified Gary Vigil as Root's ex-boyfriend.

In arguing for a lower bond, public defender Pat Behan said Regina Vigil had no prior convictions and noted that accessory charges normally result in a $4,000 bond. Behan asked that her client be released from jail on a personal recognizance bond.

Prosecutors countered that Regina Vigil is a flight risk.

"Once she gets into Mexico, all bets are off - she's on the lam," Lindsey told the court.

El Paso County District Judge Scott Sells opted to retain the $100,000 bond that was set after the woman's arrest, saying anything lower would be "inappropriate" given the allegations.

According to her attorney, Regina Vigil lives in Mexico with her husband and children and works part time in El Paso, Texas. She is a U.S. citizen, according to court testimony.

She was arrested in El Paso, Texas, on Sept. 5 and taken to El Paso County jail in Colorado Springs after waiving extradition proceedings, records show.

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