Police searching for murder defendant who left court, cut GPS monitor

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Jose Gutierrez, booking photo provided by Bexar County jail, taken July 15, 2015.

Jose Gutierrez, booking photo provided by Bexar County jail, taken July 15, 2015.

SAN ANTONIO — Jury selection in a murder trial was derailed Tuesday morning after the defendant left court, cut off his ankle monitor and went on the lam. 

Jose Gutierrez, 33, was arrested in October 2013 on a murder charge related to the shooting of Raul Garcia, 31. 

Prosecutor Marilisa Janssen said a panel of prospective jurors was waiting outside the 175th state District Courtroom Tuesday when visiting Judge Raymond Angelini instructed Gutierrez that he could have his family members sit in on the process. 

He exited court to let his aunt and uncle know, Janssen said.

Minutes later, when he didn't return, wasn't found in the hallway, and wouldn't answer phone calls, Janssen said the decision was made to call pretrial services to see where the GPS ankle monitor he was wearing indicated he was. 

They reported he had cut off the monitor near an East Side McDonald's close to Interstate 35.

Angelini issued a warrant for his arrest that specifies he be held without bond once captured. 

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