MIAMI (WSVN) - A six-person Miami-Dade County jury has found El Presidente executive Manuel Marin guilty on all counts, convicting him of manslaughter and conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping.
The verdict was reached Thursday afternoon, around 3:30, and deliberations began Wednesday evening.
Marin was accused of hiring hitmen to kill 43-year-old Camilo Salazar, his ex-wife’s lover, back in June 2011.
When Salazar’s body was found in the Everglades, in June of 2011, police said officers discovered that his body was burnt, his throat was slit and his head was beaten.
Dr. Emma Lew, the Miami-Dade chief medical examiner at the time of the incident, testified for the state during the trial.
“There were two cuts across the front of the neck, one that was higher and shorter and less deep,” she said.”The second one was lower on the neck and was very deep, went from one side of the neck to the other and was deep enough to cut through the trachea, which is the windpipe.”
According to police, Marin commissioned Roberto Isaac and former MMA fighter Alex Vila Perdomo to carry out the murder.
Isaac and Perdomo were found guilty of conspiracy of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. Isaac was also found guilty of second-degree murder and kidnapping.
Marin did not take the stand in his trial.
In a statement, the Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said, “With today’s guilty verdict, a Miami-Dade County jury indicated that they fully recognized the power of Manuel Marin’s jealous rage which led him to direct the torturous murder of Camilo Salazar. Marin’s years-long flight to Spain only extended the agony of Salazar’s family as they awaited the justice that finally arrived today.”
Marin’s defense attorney said they plan to appeal. There is no date set yet for his sentencing.
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