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Man faces charges after killing his father, stabbing his mother at their home, prosecutors say

A 24-year-old man facing second-degree murder and attempted murder charges is being held without bond in Miami-Dade County.
A 24-year-old man facing second-degree murder and attempted murder charges is being held without bond in Miami-Dade County.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A 24-year-old man is facing charges after he was accused of killing his father and wounding his mother at their home in Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade police officers responded to the home on Saturday night along Southwest 16th Street, between Southwest 72nd and 73rd avenues in Miami-Dade’s Coral Terrace neighborhood.

According to the arrest form, when officers arrived they heard screaming and found Marlon Herrera attacking his mother, Odalys Herrera. Officers found his father dead.

“They’re great people, they just had a problem, you know, with their son,” said Phil Acosta, the victims’ neighbor.

A 24-year-old man was arrested after police officers found him armed with a knife stabbing his mother after killing his father at the home in Miami-Dade County's Coral Terrace neighborhood.
A 24-year-old man was arrested after police officers found him armed with a knife stabbing his mother after killing his father at the home in Miami-Dade County's Coral Terrace neighborhood.

Detectives arrested Herrera and he was booked at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center early Sunday morning. On Monday, he appeared in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Mindy Glazer.

“You are going to stay in jail,” Glazer told Herrera.

Glazer also said Odalys Herrera had been critically wounded. Jose Juanes, a relative, said she remained at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center on Monday afternoon.

Acosta said he heard Herrera arguing with his parents late Saturday night.

“It was more or less him, he started, you know, like yelling and screaming ... throwing stuff. That’s when stuff escalated, and then they called the police, and the police showed up in 5 minutes. I guess it was too late,” Acosta said.

Man is arrested for killing his father and injuring his mother during a stabbing at their home in Miami-Dade County.
Man is arrested for killing his father and injuring his mother during a stabbing at their home in Miami-Dade County.

Records show the Florida Department of Corrections released Herrera, a convicted felon, on Feb. 8. He had been convicted in a Nov. 26, 2017 burglary of an occupied dwelling.

Prosecutors charged Herrera with second-degree murder with a weapon and attempted second-degree murder.

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About the Authors:

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.