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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The teen accused of gunning down a Good Samaritan in November faced a judge Tuesday.
Jose Lucho, 16, is charged with first-degree murder in the November 13th shooting death of 24-year-old Bradley Holt.
Judge Rodney Smith, on Tuesday, ordered Lucho to be held on a $500,000 bond plus house arrest.
Under Florida Law, even in serious cases, minors are allowed to post bond.
Witnesses said Holt had tried to stop the suspect from doing “donuts” in his yellow mustang because he was endangering other youngsters and adults outside his apartment building at 3293 N.W. 11th Court.
Police said the Lucho was arrested after police were conducting surveillance at his apartment building at 1469 N.W. 38th Street.
“It was just a blessing,” said Quinton Flowers, the 20-year-old brother of Bradley Holt when Lucho was arrested.
Flowers told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench “I feel good that he is in custody. My sister and everyone feels good about it.”
“My brother was just trying to let him know that kids were out there. My nephew was out there and said can you just slow down,” said Flowers.
Quinton Flowers learned about his brother’s death on the same weekend he was starting as a freshman quarterback for the University of South Florida football team. He told D’Oench that he looked up to his brother.
“He always kept my head on straight,” Flowers said. “He would always talk to me about being on the right track. The last time I talked to him he told me to keep doing what I was doing.”
Nick Mans said he had helped raise Holt because his mother had died and his father was not around.
“Bradley Holt was a good kid,” said Mans. “He did everything that was good and died doing exactly what he did in life.”
“I am so excited today,” said Mans. “It made my day with Christmas right around the corner. I give thanks to the City of Miami Police Department working hard to apprehend the guy who killed my nephew. God is good all the time.”
Holt’s relatives said he was a quiet person who did not bother anybody.
Police said they also arrested 19-year-old Jaquan Mejia while they were conducting surveillance and have charged him with burglary. But they say he is not connected with the murder of Holt.
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