Posted By Maria Mangicaro
Bullying Prevention Advocate
TEXT MESSAGE LURES VICTIM TO HOME
SUMMERFIELD, Florida — When Seath Tyler Jackson received a text message Sunday afternoon from a 15-year-old ex-girlfriend saying she wanted to rekindle their romance and that they should meet at a central Florida house, a female friend of Jackson’s sensed something wasn’t right.
“I wouldn’t fall for that,” 16-year-old Brittnay Jones told Jackson, she recalled to The Associated Press.
The 15-year-old Jackson ignored his friend’s advice and went Sunday to a house in Summerfield, northwest of Orlando.
There, authorities said, he was fatally beaten and shot as a result of a plot to lure him there and kill him. Then, Jackson’s body was stuffed into a sleeping bag and burned, and the remains were put in paint buckets and dumped at a remote lime rock pit, authorities allege.
Marion County sheriff’s investigators said the way the defendants carried out the crime was unlike anything they had ever seen.
“Our detectives — seasoned detectives — shook their heads in disbelief because this type of first-degree murder is unimaginable,” The Orlando Sentinel quoted sheriff’s department spokesman Judge Cochran as saying.
Authorities on Tuesday night arrested six people in connection with the crime, charging five with first-degree murder. The five were being held without bond.