$1M bond for Edinburg woman accused of killing husband

Karla Marlen De Leon, 47, is arraigned on a charge of murder in the death of her husband, Hector Raisel De Leon, earlier this month in Edinburg Municipal Court. (Monitor photo)

EDINBURG — A woman accused of shooting and killing her 46-year-old husband Sunday received a million dollar bond during a hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Karla Marlen De Leon, 47, was charged with the murder of her husband, Hector Raisel De Leon, and arraigned before alternate Municipal Judge Carlos Ortegon.

Punishment for the first-degree felony offense ranges from no less than five years to 99 years in prison, Ortegon said at the arraignment Tuesday.

Karla De Leon’s attorney, Charles Banker, requested a reduced bond, saying her clean criminal history and a recent diagnosis with cancer justified it.

“She is a U.S. citizen, she’s lived in the Valley all her life, she has no criminal history whatsoever, she’s a mother of two children and a recent grandmother. She recently, this last year, has been stricken with cancer,” Banker said. “We completely understand the serious nature of this offense, judge, however we just ask the court for something reasonable.”

Ortegon denied the request, suggesting alternative procedures Banker could pursue that could result in a lower bond or house arrest.

According to a release from the Edinburg Police Department, Karla De Leon was arrested Sunday evening after a disturbance between the couple escalated.

The release stated that Kara De Leon allegedly gained possession of a revolver and shot her husband, who was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived.

Speaking to the media after the arraignment, Banker said the incident has taken a toll on the De Leon family.

“It’s been very difficult for both sides,” he said. “It’s a very difficult, sad situation.”

Family members at the arraignment declined to comment.

mwilson@themonitor.com