In Kendall, a father facing charges for the fatal shooting of his 21-year-old son appeared in bond court on Sunday. David Contreras, 52, is accused of shooting his son, Eric Contreras, multiple times at their home near Southwest 106th Street and Southwest 84th Avenue on Friday. The incident, reported around 2 p.m., resulted in Eric being pronounced dead at the scene.
The arrest affidavit from Miami-Dade Police details that David Contreras called the police himself, confessing to the shooting. During Sunday’s hearing, defense attorney Frank Quintero Jr., representing Contreras, described the situation as “very tragic,” citing the victim’s severe emotional and mental health issues.
Eric Contreras, remembered by his fraternity brothers at Florida International University as a caring individual who brightened any room, leaves behind a community in mourning. Judge David C. Miller, presiding over the hearing, declared the charge of second-degree murder with a weapon, emphasizing the non-bondable nature of the offense.
Contreras spoke minimally during the proceedings, with his attorney noting the need for an Arthur Hearing to address the bond situation. Quintero explained that different judges have varied policies regarding bond hearings, especially in cases awaiting formal charges from the State Attorney’s Office. The defense team is awaiting information on the assigned judge to understand the next steps in this developing case.