Teen Beaten, Shot, Burned In Sleeping Bag
Deputies: Seath Jackson, 15, Killed In Marion County HomeApril 21, 2011
OCALA, Fla. -- Deputies in Marion County arrested six people after a teenager was beaten and shot and then his remains burned in a bound sleeping bag.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the six people were arrested and charged in connection with the death of 15-year-old Seath Tyler Jackson, of Belleview.Deputies said the slaying happened on Sunday, but Jackson's parents didn't report him missing until Monday. On Tuesday, the suspects confessed, police said.Investigators with the MCSO said Charlie Ely, 18; Amber E. Wright, 15; Michael Bargo, 18; Justin Soto, 20; James Havens, 47; and Kyle Hooper, 16, face first-degree murder charges. Detectives said Jackson walked into a trap. Arrest records indicate the teenager was brought to a home on false pretenses.Jackson's friends told WESH 2 News that the victim's ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend are at the center of the elaborate murder plot.Investigators said the savage plot began with a hatred between the victim and Bargo. They said they believe Bargo enlisted five others to help carry it out.Detectives said Wright, who was the victim's ex-girlfriend, and Ely lured Jackson to Ely's Summerfield home. Friends said they believe Jackson was lured for revenge in what became a teenage love triangle."Amber broke up with Seath and dated Mike Bargo," one of Jackson's friends told WESH 2 News.Deputies said that when Jackson arrived at the house, Hooper and Soto jumped him and beat him up.Jackson was beaten in the head with a wooden object, then shot multiple times with a .22-caliber gun, according to investigators. When Jackson tried to escape, deputies said, Soto tackled Jackson so Bargo could shoot him again.According to an arrest affidavit, Soto admitted to moving Jackson's body into a bathtub, where he saw Bargo break the victim's knees in order to stuff the body into a blue sleeping bag.That's when Soto said the group realized Jackson was still alive, so Bargo fired another round, police said.Investigators said the group then placed Jackson's body into the sleeping bag and burned it in a fire pit, and Jackson's remains were shoveled into several paint cans.Detectives said Bargo's stepfather drove him to a quarry to dump the ashes. Dive teams recovered the paint cans used to sink the remains. "I couldn't believe it, that people who I know could just snap like that," said Tessa McLamb, a friend of the suspects.Deputies said Havens is charged with accessory to first-degree murder because he was aware of the plan to kill Jackson. Deputies said Havens also attempted to help Bargo avoid capture."I hope they get the electric chair, and they burn and we can sit and watch like they did to him," said Billi Thorington, whose son was close friends with Jackson.On Wednesday, crime scene technicians scoured the property in search of the murder weapon.There were prayers and tears Wednesday night as friends of Jackson tried to understand how the teenager's one-time friends could now be charged in his death."Who could murder a 15-year-old boy?" asked William Samalot, the victim's best friend.Crime scene technicians are expected to be back out on Thursday searching for the gun.
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