“A judge on Monday could decide whether jurors will be allowed to hear the key confession of Dennis Escobar, accused of killing a Miami police officer.”
Miami police have issued an arrest warrant for the murder of Miami rapper Robert Labranche, better known among his fans as Bizzle.
For years, the Santiesteban family ran an elaborate marijuana growing operation — from planting seeds under hydroponic lights to harvesting the potent plants and hauling them to New York to sell — with at least 17 grow houses scattered across Miami-Dade, federal prosecutors said.
They set up surveillance cameras, hired caretakers to guard their crops, and when family members identified a robber who had ripped off 30 plants, they helped kidnap him, prosecutors said. The man was shot and beaten to death, his body dumped on a roadway, his van torched in the Everglades.
On Tuesday, law enforcement agents finally shut down the massive operation — charging six family members and 10 others with conspiracy to distribute drugs — ending one of the largest marijuana enterprises in Miami-Dade.
On the Saturday morning before he would make headlines for chewing off a man’s face –– before he would come to be known tragically as the “Miami Zombie”–– Rudy Eugene held his Bible and kissed his girlfriend goodbye.
Eugene’s on-again, off-again girlfriend said he woke her up at 5:30 a.m. to say he was going to meet with a “homeboy.” She said she found it strange he was rummaging the closet so early in morning. He didn’t name the friend or say where he was going.
He planted a kiss on her lips and said, “I love you.”
Shortly after, he left the central Broward apartment he shared with her.
“I told him be safe and I love you too. When he walked out the door I closed it, locked it and went back to sleep,” said the girlfriend, who spoke to The Miami Herald on Wednesday but asked that her name not be disclosed. She said that she thought it unusual that he was leaving the house so early, but didn’t press him on it.
An hour after he left, Eugene called her cell phone. “He called me and told me his car broke down. He said, “I’ll be home, but I’m going to be a little late. Then he said, I’m going to call you right back.” That was the last time Eugene’s girlfriend heard from him.
Jurors will begin deliberations Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of a Plantation man accused of the brutal home-invasion murder of his landlord two years ago.
Broward County prosecutors and defense attorneys delivered closing arguments Monday in the two-week-old trial of Randy W. Tundidor, 45, who is charged with stabbing to death Joseph Morrissey, a Nova Southeastern University professor and researcher who rented a townhouse to Tundidor and his family.
Tundidor faces the death penalty if jurors find him guilty. He also is charged with two counts of attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and arson