A trio of local men are now under Federal indictment due to allegations that they are responsible for a murder-for-hire scheme that culminated in a fatal shooting a year ago.
Federal prosecutors say a rivalry between two alleged drug dealers was the catalyst for the murders. Seeking to eliminate a threat to his own drug-selling activities and in order to establish for himself a reputation for brutality and violence, the defendant drug dealer allegedly procured the services of a pair of siblings to carry out the killings. The defendant drug dealer paid the men in both money and illegal drugs, per prosecutors, and armed them with military-style rifles.
Investigators say the brothers found their target first in mid-September 2018 and made an attempt on his life. Though wounded, the victim survived.
The duo had a second opportunity on January 19 last year, finding the victim at a gas station after the day’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day festivities. Among over 100 witnesses, investigators say the brothers fired off over a dozen rounds at a Cadillac, killing the victim and a second man. A third man in the vehicle was wounded but survived.
Investigators say the brothers attempted to cover their tracks by obtaining new cell phone numbers and establishing an alibi. A fourth individual, who is identified in the indictment but not named, was allegedly responsible for disposing of the physical evidence in exchange for a share of the payment.
The brothers now face a litany of federal charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, murder for hire, and several firearms and illegal drug charges.
The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.