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.
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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.