Man accused in Immokalee slaying held without bond

Gens Cadete


Gens Cadete

A Collier County judge on Tuesday denied bond to a former Immokalee man charged with murder and attempted murder, ruling he’s a risk to public safety.

County Judge James McGarity denied bond for Gens Cadet, 28, after a Collier sheriff’s detective testified they had trouble finding him, he had no permanent address, his mother and sisters didn’t know where he was and his brother wouldn’t help.

If convicted of second-degree murder or attempted second-degree murder, he faces life in state prison.

Cadet, 28, who also uses the name Cadete, is charged with killing Ernst Ganem, 20, of Immokalee, and severely injuring Gotty Charles, 19, of Lehigh Acres.

Detectives said they were sitting in a vehicle at about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 2 near Delaware Avenue and South Fifth Street in Immokalee, when they got into an altercation with Cadet.

Assistant State Attorney Sara Miller called him a flight risk and asked for no bond, but defense attorney Thomas DeMine sought $350,000 bond, arguing he has “the look” of many black men, two eyewitness identifications weren’t strong, no gun was found, and he has no convictions.

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