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Grand Jury Indicts Gables Double Murder Suspect

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Murder suspect Jose Rojas in court on May 10, 2012. (Source: CBS4)

Murder suspect Jose Rojas in court on May 10, 2012. (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The man accused of torturing and killing his boss and co-worker has been indicted by a Grand Jury in Miami.

The newly seated Grand Jury met on Tuesday and handed up their indictment of 43-year old Jose Rojas for the murders of Frances Venezia and Robert James.

The Grand Jury’s action means that Rojas could face the death penalty if convicted.

On the morning of April 27th, Rojas, 43, arrived at a building at 801 Monterrey in Coral Gables and waited for his employer, Venezia, and James to arrive, according to his arrest report.

Rojas admitted to police he bound them in duct tape and forced Venezia to call her financial institution and write him a check from her checking account, according to the report. He also reportedly admitted to striking Venezia over the head with the mop handle after she and James began to yell for help.

According to investigators, Rojas tortured and killed them both.

The murders took place in the office of Professional Public Adjusters, owned by Venezia.
However, Venezia’s partnership with Rojas was tied to a second business, Certified Inventory Services, LLC, where Rojas serves as vice president, according to the company website.

He was taken into custody shortly after the murders when police followed a trail of blood into a Sedano’s supermarket parking lot across the street. He was dressed in bloody clothes, said police.

Rojas has been charged with two counts of first degree murder, kidnapping and attempted robbery.

He’s being held without bond.

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