Miami-Dade County

August 4, 2014

Kendall man convicted of murdering migrant worker in robbery

Jurors on Monday convicted a Miami-Dade County man of fatally stabbing a migrant worker during a robbery behind a Kendall strip mall.

Jurors on Monday convicted a Miami-Dade County man of fatally stabbing a migrant worker during a robbery behind a Kendall strip mall.

Prosecutors said Tyler Darnell, 29, stabbed Adan Castillo in July 2009 outside Lili’s Cafeteria, 10759 SW 56th St., where Castillo and a friend had gone for drinks after their shifts at a South Miami-Dade nursery.

Darnell attacked them after they left, mortally wounding Castillo with eight knife thrusts and also wounding his pal. A witness identified Darnell — tall, blonde and wearing a distinctive camouflage shirt, prosecutor Alejandra Lopez told jurors last week. Both victims were Mexican nationals.

Darnell confessed to Miami-Dade police detectives in a videotaped statement. His defense attorneys insisted that Darnell was coerced into confessing during hours of interviews with police that were not recorded.

The survivor returned to Mexico and could not testify at the trial.

Jurors deliberated just two hours before convicting Darnell of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and attempted murder. He faces in prison when he is sentenced in the coming weeks by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Monica Gordo.

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