FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A man already facing a murder charge in the death of his pregnant wife was back in court Thursday where he was formally charged in the murder of her father.
In his maximum security jail uniform and showing no expression, 22-year-old Cassandritz Blanc was in bond court for a second day in a row.
He is accused of killing a second member of the same family.
This time, he’s charged with murdering his father-in-law Roosevelt Bernard.
Blanc is already charged with killing his pregnant wife Martine Bernard; she was Roosevelt’s daughter.
“In our family, it’s a fantasy,” said Roosevelt Bernard Jr. the son and brother of the victims. “It’s a world where my dad is gone, my little sister is gone, the unborn baby is gone and hopefully we wake up one day.”
In this latest case for Roosevelt’s murder, Hollywood police said Blanc “…confessed to killing Martine Bernard…and Roosevelt Bernard” and that on the day of the murder “…he drove to Roosevelt Bernard’s residence with plans to kill him.”
Both father and daughter were shot in the head.
In the death of Roosevelt, investigators say he shot him inside the Bernard family home in Hollywood.
Investigators found surveillance video, where Blanc was “…observed laboring to roll a large city issued trash can from the direction of the residence down the street…”
Investigators say he admitted that “He cleaned the scene and used the victim’s trash can to transport the victim to the vacant field.”
That field is just steps from the home.
That’s when police say “He poured gasoline on the victim and threw a lit pack of matches on him.”
Nelson Breto captured surveillance video that shows a flash and fire.
“We just able to see somebody around and the smoke where the smoke come,” Breto said.
When Roosevelt’s body was discovered Monday morning, initially it was investigated as a possible electrocution because a utility line was down.
That was quickly ruled out as detectives learned it was murder and traced it back to Blanc.
“He waited for an opportunity where he could get my dad alone,” Bernard Jr. said. “In his mind, he set my dad as the target on that day.”
In his pregnant wife’s murder, Blanc is accused of shooting her inside their Fort Lauderdale home on June 4th, keeping the body in their apartment for more than a week and again using a trash can to move the body to a dumpster.
The police report goes on to say, Blanc “…tried to dismember the body to make it easier to dispose. But was unable to remove any body parts.”
Blanc is being held without bond.
The Bernard family has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses.