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Antonio Tomas Secures Acquittal for Client Accused of First Degree Capital Murder

A. Antonio Tomas has successfully secured the acquittal of Nathaniel Payne-Collins, a 22-year-old Miami-Dade man accused of murder. Payne-Collins, who was accused of ambushing and shooting 50-year-old security guard Robert Nelson with three others on August 17th, 2013 while he sat inside his car outside an apartment complex. According to police, after being shot nine times, Nelson was then pulled out of his vehicle and robbed of his gun, ID, and credit cards.

On January 9th, 2017, Payne-Collins was found not-guilty of murder by a jury. If convicted, Payne-Collins would have faced a mandatory life sentence, in prison, without the possibility of parole.

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Aggressive Criminal Defense Advocacy in Miami-Dade County

Attorney A. Antonio Tomas is no stranger to handling high-profile murder cases of this nature, having also played an instrumental role in the appeal and subsequent release of Dwaine Merchant, a man who spent nearly 10 years behind bars after being arrested and charged with first-degree capital murder in 2007. As a result of his aggressive courtroom presence and powerful legal skill, the Law Office of Antonio Tomas. P.A. has become one of the most highly respected and well-known criminal defense firms in the state of Florida.

Other awards and accolades the firm has garnered include:

  • Multiple Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ inclusions
  • A 10.0 "Superb" Avvo Rating for client satisfaction
  • An AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

If you or a loved one has been accused of any sort of violent crime, call (305) 290-2313 or contact our firm online today to discuss your defense options with a Miami criminal defense attorney.

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