A video has emerged showing a model beating a homeless man to death because he asked him for money.

Hivo Gonzalez, 32, is alleged to have used a fish bat to kill Pedro Cruz following an argument when he approached him for money earlier this month.

Gonzalez claimed that he was acting in self-defence because he thought that he was about to be attacked.

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But the beggar didn’t look the least bit threatening in the video. In fact, Gonzales can be seen in the video chasing Cruz out of a petrol station in Miami, Florida, where he stopped to get fuel. He hit him with the bat until he fell to the ground. Gonzales then drove off with a friend in his car without calling 911 for help.

Gonzales has now been charged with murder. He could face up to 10 years in jail if he is convicted.

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Gonzalez’s lawyer claimed he is not violent, adding: “This is a really good-natured guy who believed he was put into a life-or-death situation. We are deeply sorry about what happened to Mr Cruz.

The bottom line: Hivo Gonzalez is no killer