Sarasota police make arrest in New Year's Day slaying

January 3, 2014 


SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man has admitted that he stabbed to death another man in Sarasota early on New Year's Day, according to Sarasota police.

Jorge A. Macias, 35, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Johnny A. Luna.

Police said Macias killed Luna after he was kicked out of a New Year's Eve party.

About 4:25 a.m. Wednesday, Luna was found lying on the ground in the 2000 block of Fourth Street with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene, according to police.

Police said their investigation revealed that on New Year's Eve, Macias got into a fight with family members at his residence in the 1700 block of Ninth Street.

"Macias fled the location and later contacted other family members at a party (in the 2000 block of Fifth Street) to explain his actions," police said in a news release.

While there, Macias and two friends got into an argument with Luna and other people.

"The people attending the party were laughing at Macias as his friends removed him from the party," police said.

Neither the press release nor a probable cause affidavit says what detectives believe happened next.

But the press release does detail how on Thursday detectives executed a search warrant at Macias' home and found a set of steak knives matching the knife found at the crime scene and clothes they believe Macias was wearing the night of the slaying.

During a subsequent interview with detectives, Macias admitted to killing Luna, police said.

Macias is being held without bond at the Sarasota County jail.

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