Hardly three words into telling a judge why the man accused in a deadly road-rage shooting should remain locked up without bail, Patricia Malagon could not hold back the tears. The sight of Robert Bruno in orange jail coveralls and the memories of her younger brother were almost too much to bear.
"I just want the court to see that I have lost my brother, my beloved baby brother," Malagon finally blurted out. "This man should not be out."
Malagon had come to court Tuesday to list reasons why Hillsborough Circuit Judge Cynthia Holloway should deny Bruno's request to be released from jail on bail pending his trial.
Bruno, 31, who had 13 previous arrests, was charged with second-degree murder after police say he shot Largo resident Fernando Malagon, 37, when he became angry because Malagon cut him off on Memorial Highway last month. He has been in jail ever since.
Quickly, and without explanation, the judge announced her decision to keep Bruno behind bars, although Bruno's family members and friends asked the judge to set bail.
Earlier, Tampa Detective John Tindall described the shooting. After a 5-mile chase at speeds around 100 mph, the two cars pulled over, the detective said. Bruno walked over to Malagon's gray Volvo, shot him in the head with a .45-caliber pistol and then drove off in his Nissan, he said.