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Charges upgraded against former Marine accused of trying to kill Hillsborough deputy

TAMPA — Charges against a former Marine accused of trying to kill a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy were upgraded Wednesday.

Matthew Lane Buendia, 24, remains in jail while the question of whether he should be allowed to go free on bail is decided.

A hearing on his on-again, off-again bail that was set for this afternoon was postponed and has not been rescheduled.

Buendia is accused of shooting Deputy Lyonelle De Veaux three times as she responded to a domestic violence call involving him last week at his Carrollwood apartment complex.

Under new charges filed by the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office, he now faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, domestic violence strangulation and domestic violence.

Those charges add the aggravated battery count and upgrade the attempted murder count from second-degree to first-degree.

Buendia's previous charge of with tampering with a witness was dropped by the State Attorney's Office, said Detective Larry McKinnon, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.

On Sunday, a judge had set a bail at $65,000 for Buendia.

Moments later, an upset Sheriff David Gee asked for a reconsideration and another judge heard the issue Monday. This time, a judge ordered Buendia held without bail until another hearing today.

The Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office requested that bail hearing be postponed.

A status hearing on the case will be held this morning,

Charges upgraded against former Marine accused of trying to kill Hillsborough deputy 10/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 12:03am]
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