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Defense attorney in deputy shooting asks client be kept in jail

TAMPA — The ex-Marine's attorney didn't talk of post-traumatic stress disorder. He didn't mention that Matthew Buendia had killed others while serving in the military, or that friends of his had died.

Attorney Mark O'Brien simply told the judge on Tuesday that Buendia's family wants him to stay in jail. He's mentally ill and is a danger to himself and others, O'Brien said at Tuesday's bond hearing.

"The best place for him is, unfortunately, where he is," O'Brien said.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ronald Ficarrotta denied Buendia bond.

Buendia, 24, is accused of shooting Hillsborough Deputy Lyonelle De Veaux three times on Sept. 30 — once in the shoulder and twice in the leg — as she investigated a domestic violence complaint initiated by Buendia's girlfriend. De Veaux has been recovering.

Buendia faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and two counts of domestic violence battery.

Ficarrotta was the third judge to consider the matter of Buendia's detention.

At a first appearance, Circuit Judge Cheryl Thomas set Buendia's bond at $65,000. After Sheriff David Gee protested, a second judge, Walter Heinrich, intervened and revoked Buendia's bond until his status could be reviewed. That set the stage for Tuesday's hearing before Ficarrotta.

O'Brien told the judge he believes Buendia did not intentionally try to kill the deputy. He did not intend to commit any crimes that night, O'Brien said.

The attorney pointed to Buendia's three tours of combat as a Marine. "He saw things and did things no human being should have to do," O'Brien told a reporter.

Family and friends have said that Buendia suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. His attorney confirmed that Tuesday.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or

Defense attorney in deputy shooting asks client be kept in jail 10/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:58pm]
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