Attorney: Sheriff’s defense of early investigation into Miya Marcano’s disappearance ‘shameful’

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The attorney for Miya Marcano’s family released a statement on Friday stating that Sheriff John Mina’s defense of his department’s early investigation into Marcano’s disappearance was “indefensible” and “shameful.”

“It was shameful to say that no matter what they did or didn’t do, that Miya was dead anyway,” attorney Daryl Washington said in a statement. “That statement is the equivalent of saying ‘prisons should not incarcerate murders because the sentencing still won’t bring the dead back to life anyways.’”

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The attorney for Miya Marcano’s family released a statement on Friday stating that Sheriff John Mina’s defense of his department’s early investigation into Marcano’s disappearance was “indefensible” and “shameful.”

‘It was shameful to say that no matter what they did or didn’t do, that Miya was dead anyway,” attorney Daryl Washington said in a statement. “That statement is the equivalent of saying ‘prisons should not incarcerate murders because the sentencing still won’t bring the dead back to life anyways.’”

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The statement comes after Mina discussed a video released by the family showing deputies and Marcano’s family members questioning suspect Armando Caballero hours after Marcano went missing.

Mina said when the video was taken, deputies did not have probable cause to detain Caballero.

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And unfortunately, Mina said at the time the video was taken, Marcano was already left for dead.

In a statement, Washington countered that Marcano’s family had provided “more than enough evidence” that Caballero was involved in the case.

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“We hope that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will use this moment as an opportunity to learn from the mistakes that were made as opposed to defending actions that are indefensible,” Washington said in the statement.

He is also urging any tenants that reside at Arden Villas or any surrounding apartment complex who had any encounters with Caballero to submit their complaints and unrectified issues to tenantcomplaints21@gmail.com or contact his law office at 214-880-4883.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.