Teen charged in deadly shooting faces judge again

17-year-old faces manslaughter charge in 18-year-old's death

By Ryan Burkett - Producer, Sachelle Saunders - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - A 17-year-old charged in the death of an 18-year-old high school student had a $15,000 bond upheld Monday during a court hearing.

On Saturday, Giovanni Gordono requested a lower bond, but the judge would not rule because he did not have all of the required information.

Deputies say Gordono killed Laura Cuartas at a home on Bellsworth Way in Orange County in March.

Cuartas' death was initially ruled a suicide, but detectives later determined Gordono shot her. 

Interview statements show inconsistencies in his stories, officials said. He first stated that the victim shot herself but later admitted he was showing off a gun and accidentally shot Cuartas, according to authorities.

Gordono is charged as an adult with manslaughter. He is also facing charges of tampering with physical evidence, false report to law enforcement authorities and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Gordono posted bond Monday night and was released from jail.

Cuartas was the only child of a mother, who is disabled and cannot work, according to family friends.

She was set to graduate from high school in May and was working part time.

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