Back in December, Axel Esteban Inostroza crashed his girlfriend's black 2003 Mustang into a bicyclist in Fort Lauderdale and proceeded to drive for two miles with the cyclist lodged in the car's rear window.
Inostroza then drove into the woods and dumped the cyclist -- who was still alive -- near a landscaping crew before driving off.
Days later, Broward Sheriff's deputies found Inostroza at a Pompano body shop, where they arrested him. At the time, he told police he thought he had hit a stop sign.
On Wednesday, Inostroza faced Broward Circuit Judge Barbara McCarthy and heard from prosecutors how he had behaved in a depraved manner.
According to police, Inostroza, 27, struck 53-year-old Craig Camlin and his bicycle on the 5200 block of NE 18th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale during the early-morning hours of December 16.
Camlin was thrown over the hood, where he landed in the rear window.
Inostroza, police say, dumped a still-breathing Camlin next to a dumpster in the woods.
Landscapers found Camlin alive in the woods later in the day and called police. He was rushed to a local hospital, where initial reports said he was paralyzed from the accident.
Inostroza, whose only other trouble in his past included one disorderly conduct charge, according to court records, was arrested and held on $70,000 bond. Prosecutors say he admitted to drinking that night.
After Camlin succumbed to his injuries and died in February, a charge of murder with a deadly weapon was tagged onto Inostoza's initial charges of leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence.
On Wednesday, McCarthy felt that prosecutors had presented enough evidence to support their claim that Ionstoza's actions were depraved and allowed their request that he be held without bond.
Inostroza's defense attorney pointed out that police testimony showed the incident amounted to being an accident.
"Everything in the case is going to relate back to the point of impact being an accident, " Joseph Pappacoda said during the hearing.
The court also heard investigators' taped interrogation of Inostroza in which he told them that, though he knew where Camlin landed on the car and saw blood, he didn't feel it was his fault.
Transcript via CBSMiami:
Police asked Inostroza in the taped interrogation, "But did you know he landed back there when you left the scene?"
"Yeah," replied Inostroza.
"But what I don't get, you see all the blood and you didn't think he needed medical attention," asked police during the interrogation.
"No, I didn't," replied Inostroza.
"But you don't think the accident itself was your fault," asked police in the taped interrogation.
"No," replied Inostroza.
McCarthy ruled that Inostroza would remain in jail until he goes on trial for the alleged accident.
"The state has met its burden," Broward Circuit Judge Barbara McCarthy said, per the Sun Sentinel.
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