Widow Granted Bond in Alleged Revenge Killing

Janepsy Carballo allegedly lured and killed a man she thought murdered her husband

By Todd Wright
|  Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011  |  Updated 5:36 PM EDT
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Widow Granted Bond in Alleged Revenge Killing

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A woman accused of taking the law into her own hands to avenge the death of her husband was granted bond by a Miami judge on Tuesday.

Janepsy Mesa Carballo, 33, faces a second-degree murder charge for shooting and killing Ilan Nissim in 2008, just a month after her husband, Orlando Mesa, was gunned down outside of the couple's Miami home.

The couple's 2-year-old son was also shot in the incident, but survived.

Carballo believed that Nissim was her husband's killer and lured the man into her home. Once inside, she shot Nissim.

Initially, police bought Carballo's story that Nissim tried to force his way into the house and that the shooting was self defense, but she was arrested in December for murder after detectives scrutinized the evidence, including phone records that prosecutors believe prove Nissim was invited to the home.

The judge ordered Carballo released on $850,000 bond despite prosecutors' objections. She will be on house arrest while she awaits trial. She won't be released from Miami-Dade jail until after a Jan. 25 hearing.

Police have not arrested anyone in Mesa's murder, but Nissim was the target of the investigation.

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