Jury to decide the fate of 2 men accused of 2015 murder in Tamarac

Broward County prosecutors and defense attorneys delivered their closing arguments on Wednesday in the case of two men who are accused of first-degree murder in Tamarac.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – When prosecutors showed the surveillance video of a 2015 murder on Wednesday, the 51-year-old victim’s son and mother quickly walked out of the courtroom in Broward County.

Richard Andres and Jonathan Gordon are accused of killing Ivan Brandt in Tamarac. Prosecutors said the two men planned the crime.

Detectives accused Richard Andres of shooting a 51-year-old man twice in Tamarac. (BSO)

There was a struggle. Prosecutors said Brandt took a knife away from one of them and used it to defend himself.

“He was shot two times once in the neck and once in the head,” Assistant State Attorney Kristine Bradley said in court.

Detectives accused Andres of using Gordon’s gun to shoot Brandt. Prosecutors said Andres, of Hollywood, was dating Brandt’s ex-girlfriend.

Johnathan Gordon was arrested for first-degree murder in 2015. (BSO)

The defense alleged the two men were not there to commit a crime, but to retrieve a dog and a bag the woman had left behind and shot Brandt in self-defense.

It’s up to a jury to decide if Andres and Gordon are both guilty of first-degree murder.

5:30 p.m. report

A jury in Broward County holds the fate of two men who are facing first-degree charges in the 2015 murder of a father in Tamarac.

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Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News team in 2018. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.