3 teens accused of killing HS classmate with knife and sword will be charged as adults
According to prosecutors, three Florida teens arrested last week and charged with luring a high school classmate out of his home and then stabbing him to death with a knife and sword will be charged as adults, prosecutors said.
Police said a girl held the victim to the ground while a boy attacked the victim and another girl stood guard. The three men face charges of first degree murder, conspiracy and tampering with evidence.
The victim, 18-year-old Dwight “DJ” Grant, went missing on October 17. His body was found two days later in Miramar, about 20 miles north of downtown Miami, in bushes behind the apartment complex where he lived, police told NBC South Florida.
In an arrest affidavit, police alleged that the three teenagers, 16 and 17-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy, conspired to lure Grant into a trap and worked together to facilitate the murder.
One girl reportedly held Grant while the boy beat him and stabbed him with a knife and sword while the other girl watched. Then the three teenagers reportedly worked together to dispose of the guns and clean up the evidence for the murder.
“The three suspects in Dwight Grant’s homicide will be charged as adults,” a statement from the Broward State Attorney’s Office said.
“If this case were to be treated as a juvenile case, the maximum duration of residential treatment would be 36 months before release. A charge of a minor would mean that the person would be released after three years in the system and could only be kept under surveillance in the community until the age of 21, ”the statement said.
Formal charges were pending, prosecutors said. The adolescents have not been identified.
According to the affidavit for the arrests of the teens, filed on October 22, the three were caught on surveillance cameras leaving together, going to Grant’s home and luring him into an outside stairwell, where they ambushed him .
A text message from the 17-year-old said “the murder will soon happen” to the victim, to whom the 17-year-old, identified as his girlfriend, “jokingly” offered to help, police said.
The motive for the murder was that Grant allegedly had sex with an unnamed girl, which infuriated the 17-year-old boy because he had an “emotional connection” to the girl, police said after revealing a survey of adolescent text messages.
“May our patriot rest in peace forever”, Loli Formoso, headmistress of Miramar high school wrote on Twitter.
“Please pray for the family, friends and our community of Dwight Grant. I have spoken to Mrs. Grant to offer our condolences on behalf of the Patriot family. We will have bereavement counselors available Thursday and Friday. you.”