OCALA, Fla. — Authorities captured a 16-year-old boy wanted as part of an investigation into the murders of three teens in central Florida, days after another teen and a 12-year-old boy were charged with the deaths.
The teen was arrested Saturday by US Marshals in Groveland, Florida, located 30 miles west of Orlando. He faces charges of carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault, grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and tampering with an electronic monitoring device, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The two suspects who were in custody were charged with first degree murder last week.
Prosecutors are reviewing the case to determine if the suspects will be charged as adults. The Associated Press does not publish the names of minors unless they have been charged with adult crimes.
The suspects and victims of the shooting were all in a vehicle belonging to 16-year-old Layla Silvernail at the time of the slayings, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said at a news conference last week. Authorities say Silvernail was killed but have not released the names of the other two victims, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy.
Woods said everyone in the vehicle was gang involved and the three who died were there of their own free will.