The daughter of a grandmother caught in the crossfire of a bar shootout at the Fort Worth Stockyards is speaking out for the first time after the suspect in the case was released from jail on bond.
Melanie Villareal still grieves the loss of her mother, 56-year-old Sylvia Salazar, on a daily basis, and news that the suspect posted bond and was released is making her feel like her quest for justice isn't working out the way she'd hoped.
"It's just unfortunate that my family is the one that's dealing with this while this man is out and not paying for what he did," said Villareal.
Salazar was at the Northside Outlaws bar on Feb. 16, enjoying a rare night out with a friend.
She was in the restroom when a stray bullet hit her in the hip and killed her.
Marc Anthony Pacheco had only been out of jail for one day when court records say he and a friend went into the bar and started a fight with two other men.
According to an arrest affidavit, Pacheco pulled out a gun and shot at the two other men. The affidavit says one of those men went out to a car, got a gun and came back in shooting at Pacheco and his friend.
Detectives say there were only two guns used in the shootout, and the bullet taken from Salazar's body matched the one allegedly used by Pacheco.
Villareal says Pacheco should be in jail.
"He shouldn't have got bond is the way I feel," said Villareal. "It shouldn't have been any bond."
Pacheco's attorney says his client was shot nine times that night, and needs medical care. His bond was lowered from $150,000 to $50,000 to allow him to get that care and to allow the court to apply "significant conditions" to his release.
"Not a day goes by that I don't think of my mother," said Villareal. "She had a lot of grandkids, so, you can imagine what my nephews and nieces are going through right now."
There are conditions for Pacheco's release -- in addition to the standard rules, he can't break the law, do drugs, drink alcohol, have or use a gun, and he has to report to the probation office.
Pacheco also is under 24-hour home confinement, must wear an ankle monitor and cannot contact any witnesses in the case or the victim's family.
The only places he's allowed to go is the doctor, probation office, court, his attorney's office, or to the hospital if his wife has her baby.
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