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New Details: Brawley woman found in car had been dead for days

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BRAWLEY, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Both suspects in the murder case of 23-year-old Daniella Gonzalez were in court Monday morning for a preliminary conference and bail review.

35-year-old Miguel Romero and 32-year-old Irma Magana of Brawley both had their bail set at $1 million dollars.

Romero's bail was lowered to $250,000 after his lawyer argued that Romero had a good working job that he had to report to and should be granted a feasible bail.

It was also argued that Romero may have not had a direct role in the homicide.

Romero was driving the car where Gonzalez's body was found. The car is registered to Magaña who was also arrested with Romero during the traffic stop.

Additional details were also revealed by the district attorney in the case. The DA said Gonzalez's body had been in the vehicle for several days adding her body was already in a decomposing state.

Magaña's bail review was rescheduled to Thursday, due to conflicts with Magaña's previous lawyer.

Both suspects are expected back in court for a readiness conference on March 17.

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Mercedes Martinez

Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.

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