The fight and subsequent shooting happened outside the La Raza nightclub in West Palm Beach in 2010. Now a Palm Beach County judge has issued the life sentence to the defendant.
According to authorities, the suspect fired gunshots which killed one man and injured two other men.
Surveillance video footage reportedly showed the defendant staring down one of the victims in the nightclub prior to the killing.
The defendant was actually sentenced to life imprisonment for the shooting in 2012; however, an appellate court overturned the earlier conviction. The court overturned the verdict in 2014 because the original trial judge issued a faulty jury instruction related to Florida’s notorious “Stand Your Ground” law.
A new trial was held in January 2015. Once again, a Palm Beach County jury convicted the defendant of first degree murder. Although the defendant’s attorney claimed that the defendant committed the killing in self-defense, the jury rejected the claim.
Interestingly, the new jury acquitted the defendant on third degree attempted murder charges for shooting at and injuring another man at the scene.
Prior to being sentenced to life in Florida State Prison, the defendant spoke in court and apologized to the family members of the homicide victim.
For additional information about this case, see the PalmBeachPost.com article entitled “Rios Gets Life Plus 40 Years in Prison for La Raza Nightclub Murder.”