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Apr212011

Police: Florida Teens Lured Boy to Murder, Burned His Body

Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock(SUMMERFIELD, Fla.) -- A group of older teens and an ex-girlfriend lured a 15-year-old boy to a Florida house, where they carried out a plan by beating him, shooting him dead and burning his body, police said.

The fatal attack on Seath Jackson occurred Sunday at a house in Summerfield, Florida, police believe.  Now, four suspects, 18 or younger, and a 20-year-old are being charged with first-degree murder, and a 37-year-old man is being charged with accessory to murder.

"It's an unimaginable act -- the idea that six people would come together and carry out to kill a 15-year-old," Marion County police officer Judge Cochran said.  "That's a plot that you just don't expect to see in your next day's newspaper.  It's just not something expected in the community."

According to Marion County Police, Jackson's mother reported him missing and as a possible runaway on Monday.

But on Tuesday, Tracy Wright, the mother of Jackson's ex-girlfriend, Amber Wright, contacted police and told them her son, Kyle Hooper, 16, personally witnessed Jackson's murder.

During questioning, police said, Hooper claimed that the people inside the home were involved in the planning and luring of Jackson into the home where the murder took place.

Hooper allegedly told police that on Sunday, he, Amber Wright, Michael Bargo, 18, Charlie Ely, 18, and Justin Soto, 20, were at Ely's residence when Bargo started to speak of his hatred for Jackson.  The conversation then turned into a plan to lure Jackson into the residence so that Bargo could kill him with the assistance of the other people.

According to police reports, Ely and Wright planned to leave the residence and meet with Jackson to lure him to the home.  When Jackson arrived, Soto and Hooper hit him in the head with wooden objects, the report alleged, and Michael Bargo then shot Jackson several times.

Police believe the group burned Jackson's body outside the home in a fire that already had been started as a part of the plan.  A sixth person, James Havens, 37, admitted to helping dispose of Jackson's body, police said.  Havens is Hooper and Wright's stepfather, according to published reports.

According to police reports, all six suspects have admitted involvement in the killing.

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