LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Deputies say an arrangement between three Florida teens to buy a tactical vest ended with a 14-year-old boy dead and two charged with murder.
Lee County Sheriff’s officials say the three teens met Saturday and that J’Martin Hixon had planned to buy the vest he’d seen on an online sale site. During their meet-up, one of the teen sellers shot Hixon. The News-Press reports Hixon also fired back and struck one of the boys.
Lamartine Malbranche, 15, and Jerry Murassaint, 16, were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery with firearm and murder while engaged in certain felony offense. One of the teens was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
A third male with the two was also in the area, but the sheriff’s office didn’t release any details about his possible role.