MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Terry Allen Nealy, 22, made his first appearance in bond court Monday after being arrested over the weekend on first-degree murder charges in relation to a shooting death at a Motel 7 in North Miami.
No family appeared in court with Nealy and the judge ordered him held without bail.
According to police, Nealy and another man, Athawn Ragan, 19, allegedly shot 21-year-old Luis Perez multiple times on November 1st at the Motel 7 located on 13445 NW 7 Avenue.
Police said the suspects got away in a 1999-2000 model, dark-colored four-door Nissan Maxima.
When Ragan’s name was mentioned during Nealy’s court appearance Monday, Nealy said, “LIAR.”
Ragan was also recently charged with Perez’s homicide.
Earlier this month, A Miami-Dade County grand jury indicted Ragan for first-degree murder for the shooting death of 10-year-old Aaron Vu.
The murder of Vu took place while Ragan and another culprit that hasn’t been found were committing an armed robbery of a North Dade nail salon. The alleged thieves were running out the door when one turned around and fired a shot, which hit and killed Vu.
According the arrest form, Ragan tried to hide under the covers in a back bedroom. When he was taken into custody, police said he was violent, prompting an additional charge of battery on a law enforcement officer.
A source told CBS4’s Jim Defede, Ragan has also been arrested before for armed robbery, but the state dropped the charges. The source said officers from another jurisdiction also interviewed Ragan about another robbery.