MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has released chilling surveillance video they say shows a Cuban man killing his friend in an execution-style shooting.
In addition, CBS 4 News has learned the suspect was ordered to be deported two years ago.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office charged David Paneque, 29, on Wednesday for the killing of 31-year-old Leandro Lopez.
Paneque and Lopez are captured on surveillance footage arriving to the rooftop of a parking garage in a West Miami-Dade strip mall located on the 7300 block of Northwest 36th Street, in March. The video shows Paneque pulling out a gun on Lopez, who is seen pleading for his life, and shooting him.
Paneque has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In an interrogation video, a detective showed the suspect pictures and then Paneque quickly realized investigators had surveillance video.
“You don’t know who that is?” the detective asked.
“No,” Paneque said.
Watch parking lot surveillance video:
The detective went on to say: “You realize now the whole thing was caught on video? The whole thing is on video man.”
Records show Paneque was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2008 for attempted murder and attempted robbery. He was released in 2017 and taken into custody by ICE.
A 2008 press release from ICE stated that Paneque was arrested due to his association with the Sur-13 gang. ICE ordered for Paneque to be deported.
However, he was not deported and was released on an “order of supervision,” due to Cuba’s reluctance to accept its criminal citizens back to the island.
Paneque’s motive for killing Lopez remains unknown.
A spokesperson with ICE sent a statement:
“David Paneque, 29, a citizen and national Cuba illegally present in the U.S., entered ICE custody March 13, 2017, after serving a nearly 10 years in state prison for multiple criminal convictions, including attempted felony murder and grand theft. In April 2017, an immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review ordered him removed from the United States, and Paneque remained in ICE custody until July 5, 2017. At that point, ICE released him on an order of supervision with reporting requirements because there was no significant likelihood of removal in the foreseeable future.”