ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – In the shooting death of another man last month in downtown St. Augustine, a man was indicted on a charge of manslaughter with a handgun on Tuesday.
A grand jury in St. Johns County indicted Luis Casado on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm in a forbidden establishment, a second-degree misdemeanor, in addition to the first-degree felony.
The indictment comes a month after Adam Amoia, 37, was fatally shot outside Dos Gatos on Hypolita Street on May 29.
His family believes the indictment brings them one step closer to justice.
One of his four brothers, Leonard Amoia, said, “It’s still going to be a long process, but it’s a sense of relief and gives a minute to breathe.” “We adore him and will always fight for him, and we know he will live on through us in some way or another.”
In St. Augustine, Adam Amoia was well-known in the restaurant industry. Everyone he encountered was described as being his friend.
Adam Amoia was described by Leonard Amoia as “a kind, loving, gorgeous, industrious, selfless, beacon of radiant light.”
Casado, 30, told officers he fired in self-defense after being punched, according to the initial incident report.
According to the complaint, Casado, who had a bruised and bleeding lip, told police he was having a conversation with two males when Adam Amoia approached him and hit him three or four times in the face. According to the report, Casado handed officers his bent-arm eyeglasses and informed them the gun was in the right front pocket of his pants, which is where they discovered it. He was handcuffed and escorted to police headquarters, where he cooperated with officers, according to the report.
According to the article, when he learnt of Adam Amoia’s death, he remarked, “I’m sorry,” and “I didn’t want him to die.”
According to the report, he requested that his parents be contacted and that he be given a lawyer, as well as a cup of water to rinse the blood from his mouth.
Despite the fact that the shooting occurred outdoors, the State Attorney’s Office confirmed Casado had a gun inside Dos Gatos, which is why he’s also charged with carrying a hidden weapon into a club.
Casado was placed into the St. Johns County jail at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and released two hours later on a $52,500 bond, according to online jail records. After that, News4Jax went to his listed address for comment, but no one answered. We also tried calling his provided phone number, but received no response.
Dos Gatos has posted a sign on the window stating that concealed firearms are not permitted on the premises. The bar’s security guard informed News4Jax that after 9 p.m., customers are asked whether they have any weapons on them and are scanned with a metal detector. Adam Amoia’s family expressed their hope that this will avoid future tragedies and that no other family will have to go through what they have.
“All we want is for no one else to have to go through this,” Leonard Amoia said.