A Florida man is facing first-degree murder charges after police discovered the bodies of two women in his luxury condo in Miami. The 46-year-old defendant allegedly confessed to the murders during a separate investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

According to police records, Homeland Security personnel reported the defendant’s confession to the Miami Police Department. Officers then went to his condo on Northeast 32nd Street and discovered the bodies of two women in one of the bedrooms. Each of the bodies had multiple stab wounds. An upstairs neighbor told local media that she observed many investigators on the scene and smelled “a terrible smell” when the building’s elevator stopped on the floor where the condo was located as she was riding it down.

Investigators say the defendant told them that he lived in the condo with the two victims. One woman was his girlfriend of 10 years. The other woman was a roommate. A spokesperson for the company that developed the building said the property had been open for just over a year and that background checks are done on all the tenants. The defendant has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bond. He is also facing charges of grand theft, using fake identification, racketeering, and money laundering in the Homeland Security case.

Defendants charged with murder could face decades in prison or even the death penalty. An Orlando, Florida, murder and violent charges attorney could represent a defendant and ensure he or she understands the charges and all legal options available. One option could be to negotiate a plea deal that mitigates the charges in exchange for a guilty plea, which could lead to a lighter sentence.

Source: CBS Miami, “Miami Man Charged After Double Murder In Luxury Miami High Rise“, May 9, 2019