Trial Begins in 2014 Killing of Miami Musician/Bartender

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The mother of a popular South Florida musician and bartender who was killed in his Miami home more than three years ago took the stand Thursday as the trial for the man accused of killing him got underway.

Raul Reinosa, 55, is facing murder and burglary charges in the June 2014 killing of 28-year-old Louis Salgar. Reinosa’s trial began Thursday, with Salgar’s mother and friends testifying.

Salgar, who was a bartender at the Broken Shaker, was found dead inside his home at Northeast 86th Street and 8th Court.

Police said Reinosa broke into Salgar’s home. When he heard Salgar arrive home, Reinosa hid in a closet with a gun he found in the home, according to an arrest affidavit.

Salgar opened the closet and Reinosa pistol whipped him before shooting him three times, according to the affidavit.

Police said Reinosa then took Salgar’s car, a Honda Civic, and fled the scene. Reinosa was arrested a few weeks later in St. Augustine and extradited to Miami-Dade County.

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