Deerfield Beach, Florida resident, Jose Alfaro, is being held without bond as he awaits resolution of his first degree murder charge. Alfaro is accused of shooting his friend, Stephen Febonio, 45, in the back of the head and then stuffing his body in a freezer.
Febonio’s parents live just west of Boytnton Beach, Florida and saw him last on August 24, 2007. Febonio was picked up by Alfaro at his parents’ home but was never seen again.
Febonio and Alfaro were allegedly partners in a marijuana grow house operation. However, it is alleged that that the two had a falling out over a $10,000 debt that Alfaro supposedly owed Febonio.
Accoridng to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Febonio threatended to report the grow house to law enforcement if Alfaro didn’t pay up. In response, Alfaro is accused of then murdering Febonio.
After learning that deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office found Febonio’s body in the freezer, Alfaro allegedly fled to Newburgh, N.Y. where he began to reside with his mother.
Accoridng to Detective Sean Oliver of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Alfaro admitted that he killed Alfaro to several people.
Whether or not the prosecution in this case has enough evidence to obtain a conviction at trial is unknown. However, if admissible, it is likely that Alfaro’s confession to numerous people about the murder will serve to guarantee a conviction for the prosecution.
This is not an uncommon occurrence in criminal law. In many cases it is the defendant’s admissions that make the entire case for the prosecution. Had Alfaro kept his mouth shut, it may have been possible for him to effectively challenge the prosecution’s allegations. This of course assumes there is no other insurmountable evidence pending against Alfaro.