Two suspects were arrested for the murder of a man whose body was found floating in the ocean at about 69th Street and Miami Beach, police said.
The victim was brought to shore after two people spotted him just before 10 p.m. last Monday, Nov. 19, a little more than an hour after he was involved in an incident with Jonathan Huskey and Warren Hernandez, Miami Beach Police said in an arrest affidavit.
Huskey, 20, told police that at about 8:45 p.m. he was with Hernandez, the deceased man and witnesses when he became involved in an argument with the deceased man. The man pushed him, and Hernandez, 43, punched the man several times before he left, police said in the affidavit.
The man returned at about 9:20 p.m. and the argument continued, with Huskey punching the man several times and Hernandez kicking him in the neck and throat area while he was on the ground, making him semi-conscious, according to the affidavit.
Hernandez directed Huskey to choke the victim, and Huskey put him in a choke hold and tried to choke him, the affidavit said. But Hernandez told Huskey that he was doing the chokehold incorrectly and did one himself on the man until he believed he was dead, according to the affidavit.
Hernandez directed Huskey to check if the man was breathing and then told him to break his neck, and Huskey attempted to snap or break his neck, the affidavit said.
Once the victim had stopped breathing, the suspects covered his head with sand – and, at Hernandez’ direction, Huskey dragged the body into the ocean and disposed of it there, the affidavit said.
A postmortem examination showed that the victim sustained hemorrhaging and trauma to his neck and upper back, the affidavit said.
Both Huskey and Hernandez face a charge of second-degree murder, according to the affidavit. A judge appointed a public defender for both defendants on Monday, and ordered them held on no bond.