MIAMI – (CBS4) – A Miami criminal court judge Tuesday allowed a widow facing a first-degree murder charge to post bond. Janepsy Carballo is accused of plotting to avenge her husband’s death by shooting the man she suspected in his killing.
Two years have passed since the fatal shooting, and now Carballo is behind bars for the shooting death of her husband’s suspected killer, Ilan Nissim. Nissim was never formally charged with the crime, but was being investigated, police said.
Over the state’s objections, Judge Beth Bloom ruled Tuesday that she would allow Carballo to post an $850,000 bond with house arrest, a GPS monitor. Carballo won’t be permitted to leave her home unless there’s an “extreme medical emergency.”
Nearly 30 friends and family members were in court Tuesday prepared to testify on behalf of Carballo’s good character.
Carballo, 33, faces a first-degree murder charge. She appeared before a bond court judge December 22nd who had denied her bond.
Carballo’s husband Orlando Mesa was shot while walking in front of the Claude Pepper Park right outside his home by NW 135th Street on April 20, 2008 with his 2-year-old boy still in his arms. A car driven by two men pulled up and shot at him, hurting his boy as well. The boy recovered, but Mesa did not. Police never arrested anyone in his murder.
Police say a month later, on May 20, 2008, Nissim was found shot to death in her house. Carballo told police that he had entered her home forcefully and that she was forced to shoot him. A police investigation revealed that Carballo had called Nissim to her house at 13365 NW 12th Avenue to bring her with some “For Sale” signs.
Instead, police say that when he arrived she had Nissim help her move sound equipment from one room to another and then she told Nissim she was “ready” and pointed the gun at him. He pleaded for help and she replied “Orly (her husband) asked for help too, [expletive],” the police statement reads.
The state prosecutors are relying heavily on the testimony of a confidential source who befriended Carballo. The state has said the statement she gave police and the one she gave the informant were inconsistent.