Ex-LAPD officer Henry Solis accused in Pomona killing appears in court

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A former Los Angeles Police Department officer charged with fatally shooting a man outside a Pomona bar made his first court appearance in Los Angeles on Friday.

Henry Solis, 27, allegedly shot and killed Salome Rodriguez, Jr. after a fistfight on March. 13. He then fled to Juarez, Mexico, where he was arrested last week hiding with relatives.

Henry Solis (left) was arrested in Mexico Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in connection to the murder of 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez Jr. (right).



In court more than two months after Salome's death, Lidia Rodriguez saw the man accused of killing her son.

"I knew he was going to be found in a matter of time," Lidia Rodriguez said.

The FBI alleges Solis's father Victor Solis drove his son to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. Victor Solis has already been convicted of lying to the FBI and faces up to five years in prison.

Meanwhile, son Henry Solis pushed his arraignment back until the end of June. His attorney is also fighting a request by prosecutors to bump his bail from $2 million up to $10 million.

The Rodriguez family hopes the court will see the ex-LAPD cop as a serious flight risk.

"If he leaves again, what if he's not found again?" Salome's sister AnaMarie Rodriguez said.

The bail decision is expected on Tuesday. Henry Solis is facing up to life in prison.
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