CROWN POINT — A judge reduced bond Monday for a man accused of driving drunk and killing a 40-year-old motorcyclist last summer in Gary.

Santiago Marquez's attorney John Cantrell asked Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez to set his bond at $2,000 cash.

After hearing argument from Cantrell and Deputy Prosecutor Jonathan Soverly, Vasquez set Marquez's bond at $30,000 surety or $3,000 cash.

Marquez, 37, is accused of shrugging and telling the motorcyclist's brother, who also was involved in the crash, "I should have just waited, sorry." 

Marcus Harris, 40, of Gary, was driving a motorcycle and his brother following behind in a car when Santiago drove a green Ford Explorer into the path of Harris' motorcycle July 28 near Fifth Avenue and Colfax Street, police said.

The Explore struck and killed Harris and caused Harris' brother to hit a utility pole.

Keep reading for FREE!
Enjoy more articles by signing up or logging in. No credit card required.

Marquez's grandmother testified Monday he could live with her in Gary and she would provide him with transportation to court hearings. Cantrell said her testimony showed Marquez would not pose a flight risk.

Soverly detailed a number of previous cases against Marquez, including a guilty plea to operating while intoxicated in 2003 in Lake County. Marquez was arrested on an OWI charge in 2013, but no case was filed, he said.

Vasquez agreed to reduce Marquez's bond from $5,000 cash to $3,000 cash, in part because Marquez has not had any significant felony or misdemeanor convictions in the past five years.

Marquez's next court hearing is set for June 6.

Sign up for our Crime & Courts newsletter

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.