Murder charges filed against man accused of kidnapping mother of 4, leaving her body in SUV, police say

Bond set at $1 million

HOUSTON – Charges have been upgraded to murder for a man accused of kidnapping a woman who he fathered a child with before she was found dead in an SUV, according to Pasadena Police Department.

Daniel Chacon, 30, waived his right to appear in preliminary court Friday morning.

The judge ultimately set Chacon’s bond at $1 million -- doubling what the state had initially requested.

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The judge referenced the suspect’s history of family violence charges and said that he was a flight risk.

Chacon was initially charged with aggravated kidnapping and was a person of interest in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 38-year-old Maira Gutierrez. Those charges were upgraded to murder after further review. He was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshals, who in turn released him to Laredo PD to be booked at the Webb County Jail.

Officers with the Pasadena Police Department said the mother of four was found dead in an SUV in southeast Houston. At this point, Chacon has not been charged for that crime.

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Chacon is a father of three, according to his attorney, and is currently working at a refinery

The judge set bond conditions to include house arrest and GPS monitoring.

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