Suspect in Balcones Heights officer slaying due in court Monday

Alfred Cardona to appear in court on drug charges

SAN ANTONIO – One of the suspects held in connection with the murder of Balcones Heights police officer Julian Pesina is expected to appear in court Monday on unrelated charges.

Alfred Cardona, 36, was already in custody for a drug possession charge when he was named as a suspect in Pesina's slaying.

In an arrest affidavit, Jerry Idrogo named Cardona and 25-year-old Jesse Santibanez as the gunmen when Pesina was shot and killed in May outside a tattoo shop he co-owned.

Idrgo, 33, was arrested in Ohio after a multi-agency effort to track him down in August.

Santibanez was taken into custody on Sept. 16 after being tracked to his girlfriend's house on the city's South Side.

Cardona's Monday court appearance is related to his drug charges.

Cardona is expected to make a court appearance on Oct. 10 on the murder charge.