A Hialeah landlord accused of killing a tenant during an argument over rent made his first court appearance Monday where he was ordered held without bond.
Reineiro Espino Caballero, 76, is charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary in the Sunday shooting of 46-year-old Ramon Emilio Gutierrez Castillo.
Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer ordered him held without bond Monday. He was appointed a public defender.
Authorities say Gutierrez lost his life over $550 he owed Caballero. Hialeah Police arrested Caballero for killing his neighbor because of the late rent payment. Gutierrez rented an efficiency apartment from Caballero on West 12th Avenue. Several neighbors heard the shots Saturday afternoon.
The arrest report says Caballero came to collect the late rent payment and argued with the victim. He then went to his home next door and got a gun, came back to the rental trying to go inside, the report said. The victim wouldn't let Caballero in.
Detectives say that's when Caballero got violent, firing his gun, shattering a glass door before going inside and fighting with the victim. After a brief struggle, Caballero shot Gutierrez in the face, killing him, the report said.
Caballeros later confessed to the crimes, police said.