A grand jury Wednesday indicted a Miami man for first-degree murder in the vicious stabbing death of an 11-year-old girl in Little Havana.
That means prosecutors can now seek the death penalty for Miguel Ruiz Lobo, 42, for the June 25 slaying of Martha Guzman.
Authorities say Lobo, upset that his girlfriend had broken up with him, broke into the woman’s home. Martha was home and he stabbed her to death, then tried to make it look like a suicide, according to Miami police.
Martha’s mother came home to find a knife sticking out of the girl’s throat.
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Detectives say Lobo, in trying to make the death look like a suicide, sliced through tendons in the girl’s wrists, making it impossible for her to be able to stab herself in the throat. Lobo’s DNA was also found in skin cells under her fingernails, suggesting she tried to fight the large man off when he attacked.
A neighbor’s surveillance video also shows Lobo entering and leaving the home at the time the girl was believed to have been murdered, police said.
Lobo is scheduled to make an appearance Thursday in court. He is also charged with armed burglary with assault.