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Bail reduction denied in murder case

A request to reduce bail for the Detroit Lakes man charged with second degree murder and attempted second-degree murder was denied Wednesday by Becker County District Court Judge Joseph Evans.

Simon George, the attorney for Ronald Matthew Quiceno, 38, had requested that bail be reduced to a "more reasonable" $100,000, with conditions including surrendering his passport to authorities.

Quiceno is accused of shooting Travis Dwayne Buckanaga, 23, of Detroit Lakes, "multiple" times in the torso during an argument early on the morning of Jan. 25, at a get-together at a mobile home park just north of Detroit Lakes.

Buckanaga died a short time later in the Detroit Lakes hospital.

Another man at the gathering, Barris Duane Guy, was shot in the lower neck, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and was treated at the Perham hospital.

Evans had initially set Quiceno's bail at the amount requested by County Attorney Michael Fritz: $2 million without conditions or $1 million with conditions.

George argued Wednesday that even at that amount, it would be unlikely Quiceno could raise the money, but at least it would give him a more attainable goal of doing so.

"His family intends to stay in this area," George said, adding that Quiceno has a wife and five children living in the area, and does not pose a flight risk.

Fritz disagreed, stating that Quiceno was a "substantial" flight risk, not to mention his release posing a potential danger to the public.

Fritz also noted that since the first hearing, it had come to the state's attention that there was an active warrant for Quiceno's arrest on charges of third degree robbery in the state of New York, dating back to 2003.

"There was no conviction," Quiceno stated.

"But there is a warrant," said Judge Evans, noting that it was still active.

"These charges are serious," Evans continued. "I've heard nothing today to change the court's mind... Your request to reduce conditional bail is denied."

Quiceno was then remanded back into custody at the Becker County Jail pending his next court appearance, at a March 4 omnibus hearing.

Before the conclusion of Wednesday's Rule 8 hearing, Quiceno also asked to address the court briefly.

Evans cautioned him that he should consult with his attorney first, but after a brief discussion with George, Quiceno did address the court to request that the Minnesota law book containing the specific statute referenced in the charges against him be made available.

He said he wanted the book so that he could do research into his case prior to his next hearing.

"Every other book but that one is available," he said.

Evans said that if a copy of that book could not be made available to him shortly, Quiceno should notify the court.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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