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Bond reduced for suspect in Aberdeen shooting

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Bond reduced for suspect in Aberdeen shooting
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

ABERDEEN (AP) — An Aberdeen man accused in a shooting that wounded a woman has gotten a break on his bond.

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Bond for 30-year-old Diego Ortiz Mendez had been set earlier at $50,000 cash or surety. The American News reports that Magistrate Judge Mark Anderson changed it to a personal recognizance bond, and Mendez has been released from jail.

Authorities allege that Mendez fired a shot that hit Whitney Schaunaman in the neck about 2 a.m. on Jan. 25. She was treated at a hospital and released the same day.

Mendez has said he was being attacked and fired a warning shot. He has said he is not guilty but he hasn't yet formally entered a plea to charges of aggravated assault and reckless discharge of a firearm.

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