Accused serial killer denied bail reduction

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A U.S. border patrol agent accused of killing four Texas women last month will remain in jail after a judge refused to reduce his $2.5 million bail, according to the Associated Press.

Last month, prosecutors charged Juan David Ortiz, a border patrol supervisor, with the deaths of the four women during an alleged two-week killing spree, according to a story from the AP. Authorities became aware of the crimes after a fifth woman escaped.

In asking for bail reduction, Ortiz, 35, said he was denied clothing and held under “cruel and unusual” conditions, the AP story said. Isidro Alaniz, Webb County district attorney, said at a hearing that Ortiz “looked fine.”

Prosecutors, who refer to Ortiz as a serial killer, have not revealed the manner of or any alleged motives for the murders, the AP reported.

However, Alaniz has said the crimes were all committed in a similar style. In addition to the murder charges, Ortiz is charged with aggravated assault and unlawful restraint.

At least two of the victims were U.S. citizens, and investigators believe Ortiz was the sole perpetrator.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in the AP story, “Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims’ family and friends,” adding that “criminal action by our employees is not, and will, not be tolerated.”

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