21 Jul 2010

Mystery surrounds fatal shooting of Newport Beach bail bondsman

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Mystery continues to surround the fatal shooting of a Newport Beach bail bonds agency over the weekend inside a home in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Dean Patrick Maldonado, 49, was shot at least twice with an unspecified type of handgun shortly before midnight Saturday at the home, said Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amorimino.

The Times reported that Maldonado entered the home on the 21300 block of Stonetower Lane through an unlocked sliding glass backdoor. Property records indicate that it is the residence of Linda Shaw, a personal trainer who owns a company called Body Balance.

Maldonado was involved romantically with Shaw in the past and property records indicate that at one point the two lived together, said Sheriff’s Department investigator Dan Salcedo.

However, Salcedo said that he could not confirm or deny if the relationship was still ongoing.

At the time of Maldonado’s arrival Saturday night, Shaw also had another guest: a 51-year-old male. Neighbors heard yelling right before hearing multiple shots fired, The Times reported.

While no arrests have been made, investigators do have the handgun and are preparing to present evidence to the Orange County district attorney’s office, Salcedo said.

“People tend to think that whenever someone gets shot that it warrants an arrest,” Salcedo told the Daily Pilot. “That isn’t always the case.”

Maldonado was not the owner of the gun, Amorimino said.

Read the full story here.
— Sarah Peters reporting for the Daily Pilot

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