Bloody shoes and confession spur jury to convict man of security guard murder

Quintin Vicks
Quintin Vicks Miami-Dade Corrections

A jury has convicted a man who took part in the ambush robbery and murder of a South Miami security guard.

Quintin Vicks, 21, was convicted latelast week of first-degree murder and conspiracy. He faces a mandatory life sentence under Florida law.

Vicks was one of four men police say ambushed 50 State Security guard Robert Nelson in August 2013.

Nelson, a former flight attendant, was patrolling the Hidden Grove apartment complex in his company car. The gunmen opened fire, causing him to crash into a nearby daycare — then, the attackers pulled him out of the car and stole his belongings and gun.

At trial, prosecutors Christine Hernandez and Elena Doyle detailed a case that included a confession and Vicks being caught moments after the shooting with the slain guard’s ID and credit card in his pocket. His shoes, found hidden under a seat of a Miami-Dade police patrol car weeks after he was held there the night of the killing, also had the victim’s blood on them.

His defense: The DNA was planted and the confession was forced. A co-defendant, however, also testified against him.

The conviction came five months after another jury acquitted Vick’s co-defendant, Nathaniel Payne-Collins, but convicted him of stealing the guard’s pistol. Payne-Collins is now serving a five-year prison sentence.

Defendant Gregory Lewis has already pleaded guilty, and is serving a 10-year sentence. A fourth man is awaiting trial.