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Miami Gardens father, shot to death with his 7-year-old son, once beat a murder charge

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The Miami Gardens man shot to death along with his 7-year-old son has been identified as Lavel Mucherson, police said.

Mucherson, with his son Hezekiah, was driving in a pickup truck on Northwest 37th Avenue near 207th Street late Sunday when somebody opened fire on the vehicle.

The Miami Gardens Police Department has been tight lipped on the murder, other than to say detectives believe it was a “targeted” shooting and they are looking for a “dark colored” car that may be involved.

Hezekiah was not a student with Miami-Dade County’s public school system. The Broward school district declined to comment, saying it does not confirm student enrollment.

The 31-year-old Mucherson was known to Miami Gardens police.

The department arrested him on a charge of second-degree murder in 2014.

Mucherson was accused of killing a man named Andrew Bondieumaitre in a Miami Gardens apartment complex. The reason, cops say: gunman Murcherson didn’t like the way Bondieumaitre looked at him.

But three years after his arrest, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office concluded it could not disprove that Mucherson acted in self-defense.

All but one eyewitness said Bondieumaitre was the first person to pull out a gun and point it at Mucherson and a group of other men on a second-floor walkway in the Carol City Garden Apartments, according to court records. The evidence “tends to support the conclusion that the deceased was armed with a firearm and had exhibited such firearm in a threatening manner immediately prior to the shooting without significant provocation,” a prosecutor wrote in a motion to the court.

A Miami-Dade judge granted Mucherson’s request for immunity under Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law.

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