(CBS/WKMG/AP) OCALA, Fla. - Prosecutors said they have not decided whether to seek the death penalty against Michael Bargo and four of the six suspects arrested in the murder of 15-year-old Florida boy Seath Tyler Jackson, according to reports.
Michael Bargo, the alleged ringleader in the murder, faced a judge on Thursday and was warned that he could be sentenced to death.
"Potentially, you are facing the death penalty," Marion County Circuit Judge Ritter Hoff-Williams told Bargo according to the Orlando Sentinel.
According to CBS affiliate WKMG, six people, including a 15-year-old girl and three other teens, were arrested Tuesday in Seath's death.
Investigators, as well as family and friends, said Bargo was dating Seath's ex-girlfriend and had gotten into a fight with him several weeks ago, WKMG reported.
Five of the suspects were gathered at a Summerfield house Sunday "when Michael Bargo began to speak of his hatred for the victim Seath Jackson," according to 16-year-old suspect Kyle Hooper, authorities wrote. "The conversation then turned into a plan to lure Seath to the residence so that Michael Bargo could kill him with the assistance of other persons."
Police say Seath was lured to the house by a text message from his ex-girlfriend.
According to the sheriff's office, Bargo shot Seath several times. When Seath tried to escape, Justin Soto, 20, held him down while Bargo continued to shoot him, authorities said. Then, according to the report, Bargo broke the teen's knees and group members hog-tied him and put his body in a sleeping bag, which was placed in a fire pit in the back yard and burned.
At that point, the sheriff's office said, the group used bleach to clean the house and shoveled Jackson's remains into 5-gallon paint cans.
The five suspects who police say were at the house have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bond. Authorities have also charged the stepfather of the minor suspects, 37-year-old James Young Havens III, with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. He was released on a $10,000 bond.
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