Two Florida men were charged with murder after a fatal shooting that killed an 18-year-old Florida high school girl and injured her boyfriend. The incident took place in Miami and reportedly involved a meeting for a shoe sale that had been arranged earlier on social media. Police identified the accused men by investigating the victims’ social media accounts.
According to reports, the deceased woman and her boyfriend had made arrangements to sell three pairs of Adidas Yeezy shoes to the accused men. The sneakers were to be sold to the men for $935, though the online resale value for the shoes is around $500 each. After meeting the couple beside an abandoned house, one of the accused men asked if he could try the shoes on. Shortly afterward, the other accused man allegedly snuck up on the couple as they sat in their car and fired shots at them.
Both of the accused men were handed charges for second-degree murder, attempted murder and robbery. Though both of the men gave confessions, the man who did not fire the shots claimed that he was only intending to steal the shoes. Both men were held without any bond option.
It is possible that a person who was involved in a robbery may not have known that others were planning to fire shots. A criminal law attorney may be able to help an individual in this situation to prove that they did not premeditate any violent actions or have knowledge that other people were planning to commit violence. If a defendant did not knowingly participate in the violent crime, the defendant may be able to have the charges reduced or dismissed.