Police in Florida announced Saturday (Oct. 23) that they arrested three teenagers on murder charges for allegedly killing their Miramar High School classmate in an attack with knives and a sword.
According to NBC Miami, Miramar police believe that jealousy was the motive behind the brutal premeditated killing. The teens believed the victim, Dwight “DJ” Grant, 18, had sex with an ex-girlfriend of one of the accused assailants, according to a police report.
A police affidavit said Grant’s body was discovered in bushes at the apartment complex where he lived, two days after he was reported missing. His body was beaten and stabbed. Investigators found a knife with a broken blade near his body.
The suspects were identified as a 16-year-old girl, a 17-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy.
They’ve been charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and criminal conspiracy.
Text messages from the accused teens show that their murder plot involved one of the girls luring Grant out of his apartment by offering him sex, the police said. The other two attacked him in the stairwell while the third was a lookout.
Surveillance video shows the male attacker stabbing Grant in the neck with a knife and in the chest with a sword, according to the police. Two of them threw Grant over a railing and dragged his body to the bushes. Meanwhile, one of the girls cleaned up the blood from the stairwell.
Days before the killing, the accused boy allegedly told one of the girls, who is his current girlfriend, that he was “infuriated” after hearing that Grant had sex with his ex-girlfriend, with whom he still had an “emotional connection,” according to the police.
He allegedly texted the third suspect: “murder will definitely happen soon.” The male suspect told her that he wanted to fight a boy who “raped” one of his female friends, and she offered to help.
The police said they interviewed the ex-girlfriend who said her sexual encounter with Grant was consensual.