Miami-Dade Teen Faces Murder Charge In Death Of Father

A Miami-Dade County teenager is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the death of her father.

Earlier in October, prosecutors charged 18-year-old Demar Turruellas with murder in the death of 63-year-old Evelio Gainza.

The victim's daughter, 17-year-old Eveline Gainza had faced charges of tampering with physical evidence and being an accessory after the fact.

Eveline Gainza pleaded not guilty to the murder charge in court Tuesday. She is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.

Gainza's body was found Sept. 27 inside his home in the 1600 block of Southwest 141st Avenue after an out-of-state relative asked police to conduct a welfare check, police said. Eveline Gainza had told a neighbor her father was away in Cuba, detectives said.

According to the Turruellas' arrest affidavit, Eveline Gainza asked her father to pick her up from her mother's home on Sept. 24 so she could retrieve some of her belongings. 

While Evelio Gainza was upstairs, Eveline Gainza snuck out of his home, took his car and returned with Turruellas, the affidavit said.

Turruellas entered the home and shot Evelio Gainza unprovoked in the back multiple times, the affidavit said. However, Turruellas told detectives it was Eveline Gainza who pulled the trigger, police said.

Eveline Gainza told detectives she helped Turruellas clean up blood inside the home using bleach and paper towels, police said.

According to the affidavit, Evelio Gainza's body was found in a second-floor bedroom, "concealed under multiple towels and bedding."

Detectives said Eveline Gainza's father did not approve of Turruellas.

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