Man shot by widow was suspect in husband's death
Posted on Wed, May. 21, 2008
BY DAVID OVALLE
The man shot and killed in self-defense by Janepsy Mesa was a suspect in her husband's murder, North Miami police said Wednesday.
Ilan Nissim, 27, was shot and killed after he appeared unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon inside Mesa's hallway, 13365 NW 12th Ave.
Words were exchanged, and she shot Nissim dead. For now, detectives have ruled the shooting self-defense, said North Miami Lt. Neal Cuevas.
She told police that Nassim, a ''business associate'' of her husband, attacked her. She retrieved the gun from another room.
Mesa's husband, Orlando Mesa, was gunned down April 20 by black-clad men in a white sedan just outside their house. His toddler, Noah, 20 months old, was wounded in the arm and leg but survived.
Three days later, Janepsy Mesa made an dramatic plea for help at a press conference at the North Miami police station.
Nissim knew her husband, who had been arrested one month earlier on a charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell. ''She was terrified of him from day one,'' Lt. Cuevas said of Nissim.
Asked about his death, Nissim's sister, Yaffit Nissim, said: ``I would call it murder, but I can't comment any more.''
She described her brother as a father of one who helped care for his ailing, elderly father. Yaffit Nissim said he knew the entire Mesa family.
For now, police have ruled the shooting death of Ilan Nissim self-defense.