Six teens and adults have been charged in the murder of a 15-year-old Florida boy who police said was lured to his death by an ex-girlfriend who promised to rekindle their romance.
The Associated Press reports that Seath Tyler Jackson received a text message Sunday afternoon from his 15-year-old ex telling him that they should meet at a central Florida house and when he did, police said that he was fatally beaten and shot several times.
Jackson's body was then stuffed in a sleeping bag and burned with the remains put in paint buckets and dumped at an isolated lime rock pit. The house was then doused with bleach to destroy blood evidence.
Investigators said in the arrest warrant affidavit that five of the six suspects told police they were involved in the murder plot. The suspects range in age from 15 to 37 years old.
According to several suspects, the plot was hatched by 20-year-old Michael Bargo, who was also the man behind the trigger in Jackson's shooting.
Witness accounts and police said that Bargo was dating Jackson's ex-girlfriend and had even got into a fight with him several weeks before his murder.
One of the six suspects arrested, a 16-year-old boy, told them that the five suspects were at the house Sunday when Bargo started to talk about how much he hated the victim and the conversation gradually turned into the plot to lure him to the house so that he could kill him.
According to police, the murder plot didn't go quite as planned. Jackson's ex-girlfriend and other teenage girl met with Jackson to try to get him to go to the house but there was a disagreement and he didn't return to the house with them.
One of the suspects told investigators that Bargo was angry and told the two to get Jackson to the house, causing the ex-girlfriend to send the text message that would ultimately convince Jackson to go the house that night.
Of the six people arrested, five have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bond.
The stepfather of one of the minors. 37-year-old James Young Havens III, was charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and is currently held on $10,000 bond.