Bond reduced for Air Force Major facing murder charges in the death of his wife Andreen McDonald

A judge on Monday reduced the bond for Andre McDonald from $2 million to $450,000

SAN ANTONIO – Air Force Major Andre McDonald had his bond reduced Monday morning.

McDonald is facing murder charges for the death of his wife, Andreen McDonald, in 2019.

Bond today was reduced from $2 million to $450,000 by Judge Frank Castro in the 399th district court.

“We appreciate the court’s attention to this and we appreciate the reduction that he did make,” defense attorney John Convery said. “He’s an Air Force officer, it’s a very high bond.”

Andreen McDonald disappeared in February 2019 and her remains were found six months later in July on a ranch six miles from the couple’s home.

Andre McDonald was charged with murder in October 2019.

At this point, it is unclear whether he will be able to post the reduced bond.

“I’m not sure, I don’t believe he can make that bond amount,” Convery said.

As for the next step, in this case, Convery states he is awaiting discovery evidence from the state in order to prepare for trial.

“We need a pre-trial motion hearing and we need a trial as soon as one is available,” Convery said.

Pre-trial matters are expected during a motions hearing, but no date has been set.


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