Accused Teen Murderers Turning Against Each Other
They are accused of getting together to commit murder, but their loyalty to one another appears to have fractured once they got to jail.
There was a series of status hearings for three of the five young people accused of killing 15 year old Seath Jackson.
A lot went on inside the courtroom and one defense attorney says there's a lot going on outside the courtroom as well. One defendant accused another of harassment and we caught some of the soap opera on camera.
19year old Charlie Ely was last of the three teens to make her court appearance and she made it with some accusations telling her attorney Michael Bargo has been pointing and laughing at her in the halls. Ely's defense has been that Bargo pressured her into the murder plot in April, in which investigators say 15 year old Seath Jackson was lured to a home, beaten and shot to death, his body burned and his remains discarded.
Ely's defense attorney Jonathan Bull says, "Michael Bargo who is one of the co-defendants was laughing and pointing at my client when they passed in the hall I wasn't there to see it so i cant speak as to whether that actually occurred or not."
Bull announced he'll file a motion for a change in venue for his client because he says, the media spotlight on this case, will prevent Ely from getting a fair trial.
Bull says, "Orlando is one that immediately pops to mind because they've been distracted so to speak by the prior Casey Anthony trial."
Before Ely, 16 year old Kyle Hooper sat before judge David Eddy. They decided that all defense attorneys need a meeting to discuss witnesses for the trial.
Alleged ring leader, 18 year old Michael Bargo, gave a cheek swab in court, after the judge granted the prosecutors motion to force him to give a DNA sample. The state is seeking the death penalty for Bargo.
Bargo's attorney, Charles Holloman says, "they want that swab to compare it with various pieces of evidence and data to see if his DNA appears where it wouldn't absent foul play so to speak ."
20 year old Justin Soto's hearing was cancelled today because his attorney was out of town. Prosecutors were supposed to make a decision on whether they plan to seek the death penalty in his case.
15 year old Amber Wrights status hearing is scheduled for august 24th. Jury selection in Ely's case is September 19th.
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