Former friend says defendant confessed to killing security guard in 2013

Robert Nelson ambushed while sitting in car, police say

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Liane Morejon - Reporter

MIAMI - A former friend of four murder suspects testified Thursday in the trial of one of the men who is accused of fatally shooting a security guard in 2013.

The shooting occurred Aug. 17, 2013, at an apartment complex near Southwest 137th Avenue and 207th Street.

Miami-Dade police said Nathaniel Payne-Collins, 22, and three other men ambushed Robert Nelson as the security guard sat in his car. Police said they pulled him out of his vehicle and went through his pockets, taking his gun, ID and credit cards.

Police said the suspects shot him multiple times.

Nelson was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he died.

The former friend of the suspects told the jury Thursday that he met up with the men after the shooting and that they confessed to the crime.

Nelson worked for North Miami-based 50 State Security.

The others arrested in the case are Gregory Lewis, Malik Mills and Quintin Vicks.

Lewis accepted a plea deal and is serving 10 years in prison. He also testified Thursday, telling the defense attorney during cross examination that it was "the right thing to do."

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