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Statement by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle Regarding the Davonte Barnes Verdict in the “El Mula” Shooting


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(Miami – September 30, 2023)

“The jury’s verdict finding Davonte Barnes guilty for his essential role in the May 30, 2021, El Mula banquet hall killings, which left 3 people dead and 20 people wounded, is supported by the overwhelming evidence presented in court,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “This guilty verdict is not the end of this detailed investigation but just the successful first step in the law enforcement effort to obtain justice for all the shooting victims, those who lost their lives and those who still live with the pain of that night’s events. I congratulate the Miami-Dade Police Department homicide detectives and officers who helped bring this case to a positive conclusion and Assistant State Attorneys Christopher Flanagan and Kioceaia Stenson, whose superb work brought this case to its proper final result.”


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