MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Hialeah man is facing second-degree murder charges after police said a reported suicide call turned out to be a homicide.
A witness told Hialeah police that Jose Antonio Vega, 55, and the victim had been drinking beers and discussing politics when Vega shot his friend in the forehead.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
Police said they originally received a call regarding a suicide, but once homicide detectives arrived at the scene they found enough evidence pointing them to a murder.
Hialeah police said that even though a suicide had been reported, they could not find the weapon near the victim, as is often the case in a suicide.READ MORE: Sharp Increase In Hospitalized Children With Covid Investigated In South Africa
Instead, police found blood inside the house and collected other evidence.
Miami Judge Mindy Glazer said, “This was set up to be a suicide, but it’s a murder.”
Vega eventually told police he shot his friend accidentally and that the firearm was his and kept inside his home.MORE NEWS: Florida Panthers Find Ways To Rally Again, Top Blues 4-3 In Shootout
Vega is being held without bond and has been charged with second-degree murder.