No charges yet in bondsman shooting

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers

District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday Clovis detectives are still gathering statements in the case of a bondsman accused of shooting two people Tuesday while revoking a bond.

Bayless, who owns Hank’s Bail Bonds, shot co-worker Christina Snell in the leg and Javier Sanchez in the back while apprehending Sanchez.

“I’ll make a determination tomorrow morning,” Chandler said Thursday night.

Snell was treated and released from a Lubbock hospital Wednesday while Sanchez is being held at the Curry County Detention Center on a $10,461 bond.

Bayless has refused comment on the incident. Snell Wednesday said she was shot by accident while Sanchez was trying to flee a home in the 300 block of Gayland Dr.
Sanchez failed to appear for an Aug. 9 court appearance, according to court records.

Chandler said he will make his judgment on whether to charge Bayless based on the police report and state case laws.

“There’s criteria for what they (bail bondsmen) can and cannot do: They cannot use unnecessary means to make the transaction, they cannot go into the home of a third party looking for a wanted individual without permission, and they cannot conceal a weapon without a legal permit,” Chandler said previously.

Capt. Oscar Gonzalez of the New Mexico State Police Office in Clovis said Thursday Bayless does hold a permit to carry a concealed weapon.