According to the authorities in South Florida, a verbal argument at a poker room resulted to the fatal shooting of a former Army Ranger just outside a Miami casino last Christmas. The two suspects, Mikey Lenard and Kenin Bailey, both age 25, were apprehended and brought to court on Tuesday, December 27, for allegedly shooting Fernando Duarte, 33.
The police report stated Duarte and his companion were asked to leave the Miccosukee Resort & Casino due to their altercation with the suspects, which started as ‘poker room table talk.' However, things got out of control when these men somehow crossed paths again outside the casino.
In the parking lot of West Miami-Dade resort, Lenard was driving his car whilst Bailey sat on the passenger seat. Bailey allegedly shot Duarte while they drove past him, which hit the victim in the lower leg and wrist. Unfortunately, he passed away while under surgery at the Kendall Regional Medical Center.
Detectives say a total of 13 shots were fired, and the Army Veteran was unarmed during the incident.
After the shooting, one of the suspects immediately went to security and told the casino what happened, and claimed self-defence.
The prosecutors disagree, and so both men are now facing charges of first-degree murder. They were denied bond.