Man Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Brother Amid Eviction Dispute

A 61-year-old Florida man, Donald Steven Dubray, was apprehended earlier this week, accused of fatally stabbing his 63-year-old brother, Edgar Ernest Dubray. The alleged murder occurred amidst a legal dispute, with the elder Dubray brother initiating eviction proceedings against his younger sibling.

The Pembroke Pines Police Department (PPPD) responded to a welfare check request at a residence on SW 71st Avenue in Pembroke Pines, Florida, approximately 20 miles north of Miami, around 9:06 a.m. Monday. The officers found circumstances at the scene that prompted them to enter the home, although the specifics of these circumstances were not disclosed.

Inside the residence, the police discovered an adult male, later identified as Edgar Dubray, who had sustained multiple stab wounds. He was declared dead at the scene. As the officers continued their search, they found another adult male, identified as Donald Dubray, asleep in bed.

The police department’s preliminary investigation confirmed that the two men found in the residence were brothers. After a thorough investigation, Donald Dubray was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The incident was deemed to be a domestic dispute and isolated, posing no threat to the local community.

Pembroke Pines Police Maj. Al Xiques, in an interview with Miami NBC affiliate WTVJ, stated that the suspected motive for the murder was a disagreement. He elaborated that Edgar Dubray had given Donald Dubray a 24-hour notice to leave the property, which Edgar had owned since 1999 and where Donald had been residing since 2021.

Court documents reveal that Edgar Dubray had filed a complaint for unlawful detainer against his brother on May 30, 2023. The complaint indicated that Edgar had revoked his consent for Donald to stay in the house on April 28 and had demanded that he vacate the premises. On August 25, a Broward County Circuit Court judge issued a default judgment in the case and ordered the sheriff to post a removal notice on the property and to evict anyone other than the owner.