Three of the men arrested in the killing of a nuclear engineer who was stabbed to death after attending a party in southwest Miami-Dade appeared in court Monday where they were ordered held without bond.
Alejandro Esteban Tapia, 22, and brothers Andres Felipe Feo, 24, and Sebastian David Zorrilla, 20, all went before a judge to face second-degree murder charges in the killing of Alexander Restrepo.
A fourth man, 24-year-old Edwin Rios, has also been charged in the killing and is due in court Wednesday.
Dylan Gonzalez, a defense attorney who represents brothers Feo and Zorrilla, spoke after Monday's hearing.
"The only thing I’m willing to say is that we look forward to our day in court for Mr. Zorrilla and Mr. Feo and prove their innocence," Gonzalez said.
Restrepo, 33, was found lying on the grass near Southwest 147th Street and 157th Avenue with multiple stab wounds shortly before 3 a.m. on Oct. 21, police said. Paramedics rushed him to Jackson Memorial Hospital South where he later died.
Detectives say Restrepo had been at a house party at a home down the block that about 60 or so people attended. Police said Restrepo and some friends were confronted by a group of males at the party.
Restrepo and his friends walked away but detectives say they were confronted a second time down the block, which led to a fight. Police say Tapia pulled out a sharp object and stabbed Restrepo repeatedly.
Restrepo's brother, Christopher, was stabbed in the hand and head but survived, police said.
Alexander Restrepo had a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Florida, and worked at Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station.