Ex-ASA college students are charged with the murder of an FIU student in Miami-Dade in 2016
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – Two men, including the brother of an NFL player, were both booked at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Wednesday and appeared before a Miami-Dade County judge on Thursday to be charged with a murder that occurred more than four years ago happened in fresh water.
Donterio Fowler, 25, and Keondre Fields, 23, both from the St. Petersburg area, had been playing soccer together and were both students at ASA College in Hialeah when the murder occurred on December 12, 2016 in 10899 SW 4 St. , according to Miami-Dade police.
Miami-Dade Detective Jonathan Grossman said the phone record of murder victim Michael Zaldua showed multiple communications with a phone number registered on Fowler’s brother, Dante Fowler, under the July 23 arrest warrant. Dante Fowler is a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons who played for the University of Florida and is not a suspect in the case.
According to Grossman, Donterio Fowler used this phone number as a contact address in his application to ASA College. Miami-Dade detectives interviewed Rudi Outar, another former ASA college student, on July 12th. He told them that Donterio Fowler, then 20, and Fields, then 18, were both at the scene when he heard the gunshots, records show.
Parking garage where Michael Zaldua was fatally shot. (WPLG)
Miami-Dade firefighters found Zaldua, a 21-year-old student and freelance photographer from Florida International University, dead next to his green jeep in the parking garage of the 4th Street Commons apartment complex around 10:50 p.m. The coroner’s office later found that he had been shot in the head.
Officers found several large ziploc bags of marijuana and a small bag of cocaine in Zaldua’s jeep and cash on the floor. There was a tire pattern on Zaldua’s blood that matched the tires on Donterio Fowler’s 2014 black Dodge Charger and a surveillance video that Grossman said the car was putting in the garage.
Michael Zaldua was fatally shot in the head in Sweetwater on December 2, 2016, according to the MDPD. (WPLG)
Hours before the shooting, Alfonso Randolph told Florida International University officers that Rudi Outar had stolen his 9mm semi-automatic SCCY CPX-1 pistol. Outar said he took Randolph’s gun, drove a white four-door Audi A4 into the garage, and gave the stolen gun to Donterio Fowler, who then handed it over, according to Grossman Fields.
Surveillance video shows that Zaldua’s jeep pulled into the garage at around 10:20 p.m. and the Dodge Charger and Audi pulled in at around 10:26 p.m. and left at around 10:53 a.m. according to the arrest warrant.
Detectives also reported that they could not find the stolen weapon but were able to match 9mm cases with a case in the original case of the stolen weapon, records show. After ballistic tests, detectives believe it is possible that Fields shot Zaldua from behind, records show.
MPs arrested Fowler and Donterio Fowler on Monday in Pinellas County. They have been extradited to Miami-Dade County and each face charges of first degree murder with a lethal weapon. Miami-Dade Circuit judge Mindy S. Glazer denied being tied in both cases. Attorney Michael Grieco represents Donterio Fowler.
The case involved officers from the Florida International University, Sweetwater and Miami-Dade Police Department, as well as deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Miami-Dade Detectives timeline of the December 2016 Sweetwater murder. (MDPD)
Assignment Desk Editor Guadalupe Monarrez contributed to this report.
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