The Miami Herald

Prosecutors Release New Footage in Miami Gardens Woman's Murder

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Ernest Roberts.

Prosecutors released surveillance footage in the case of a Miami Gardens woman whose body was found in a canal weeks after she was reported missing.

According to an arrest report, the video from May 15 captures suspect Ernest Roberts on camera shortly before allegedly killing Kameela Russell, who he once worked with at Miami Norland Senior High School.

Roberts is believed to be seen going in and out of his home just before 6 p.m. that day.

Right after 6, detectives say Russell is seen driving her black Audi into the driveway of Roberts' residence. She gets out of her car, wearing a black shirt, dark jogging pants and dark-colored tennis shoes.

Around 35 minutes later, Roberts removed large items from an SUV, according to an arrest warrant. He makes several trips in and out of his home.

Nearly 20 minutes later, the suspect is seen entering Russell's vehicle and backing it close to the front door of the residence. He's seen again going in and out toward the trunk of the Audi.

At no point Russel is seen ever leaving the house.

The medical examiner's office said her death has been ruled a homicide as a result of blunt force to the head.

A defense attorney told The Miami Herald that the surveillance video is too pixelated to make out who is on camera and also suggested it was a mysterious third person driving Russell's car away.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Roberts.

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