Julian Ospina Florez worked for Dr. Hector Rivera and his wife Debra at their home in Avila, Tampa where they were brutally murdered. Ospina Florez said he was attacked and his employers were murderer, but all indicates he was the one who committed the crime.
31 year-old Colombia born Julian Ospina Florez became a U.S citizen in 1999, he was living in Tampa and worked as an assistant and driver for 55 year-old Debra Rivera, she has a business of selling jewelry and accessories. Her husband 76 year-old Dr. Hector Rivera was retired, they lived at their 11,000 square-foot home, which lies in Avila, a luxurious gated community Tampa‘s richest residents live.
According to media, Mrs. Rivera grew suspicious of Ospina Florez, after jewelry from her business went missing, she recently reported a robbery. On Monday when he was driving Debra to Sarasota, they had a big argument. When they arrived at the Rivera’s home, he shot Debra in her bathroom multiple times.
Dr. Rivera was at a neighbor’s house watching a football game, but when he arrived at the house Ospina Florez shot him in the driveway. He then called 911 and told the dispatcher there has been an attacked and his bosses have been shot, he had been bun d and locked inside a bathroom.
By the time Hillsborough County police arrived at the crime scene they found a 9 mm gun inside the Rivera’s house registered on Ospina Florez’ name and a box of ammunition inside his car, it is believe he purchased those a month ago. He was arrested.
Julian Ospina Florez could face the death penalty if found guilty of the the two counts of first degree murder with a firearm. Ospina Florez was arrested on charges of burglary and battery charges, but the case never went to trial and he was never prosecuted.