[UPDATE] 6 Accused of Killing Teen Boy, Stuffing Remains in Paint Cans

By: CBS/WKMG; Associated Press Email
By: CBS/WKMG; Associated Press Email

(CBS) - October 18, 2011 -

Florida teenage girl Charlie Kay Ely was given a sentence of life in prison without parole Monday, for her role in the April murder of 15-year-old Seath Tyler Jackson in April.

Ely is one of five teens and young adults accused of participating in the boy's murder. She was convicted in September.

Jackson's mother addressed the court and Ely Monday, before the sentence was read, reports The Ocala Star Banner.

"Some say your life is over. (But) You will still see and talk to your family. You will still get letters and birthday cards. You will still laugh and cry," Sonia Jackson said, never looking toward Ely.

Jackson spoke softly, according to the paper.

"I have no sympathy for the tears you shed. They have not been for Seath, but rather for what's happened to you," she said. "You could have been a hero and saved many lives."

After Jackson's statements the 19-year-old Ely was sentenced to spend the rest of her life in prison in addition to a $5,000 fine, the newspaper reported.

The others charged with first degree murder in connection to the killing are Michael Bargo, 19, Justin Soto, 20, Kyle Hooper, 17 and Amber Wright, 15, who are all still awaiting trial.

Authorities say Seath was lured to Ely's Summerfield home, 60 miles north of Orlando, where he was beaten, tied up and shot. According to arrest reports, Seath's body was burned and his remains were placed into buckets and tossed into a lime pit.

According to the Star Banner, prosecutors have said that they will seek the death penalty against Bargo, who is alleged to have been the mastermind of the murder plot.



Six people, including a 15-year-old girl and three other teens, were arrested Tuesday in the murder of 15-year-old Florida boy Seath Tyler Jackson, who was lured to his murder by text message and whose remains were hidden in paint cans, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

According to deputies, Jackson was shot multiple times by 18-year-old Michael Bargo, who is charged with first-degree murder, in a house in Summerfield, about 60 miles north of Orlando, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

The others arrested were:

* Charlie Kay Ely, 18, of Summerfield, who is charged with first-degree murder

* Amber E. Wright, 15, of Summerfield, who is charged with first-degree murder

* Justin Soto, 20, of Summerfield, who is charged with first-degree murder

* James Havens III, 37, of Summerfield, who is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder

* Kyle Hooper, 16, of Summerfield, who is charged with first-degree murder

Deputies said Hooper, Wright, Ely, Soto and Bargo were involved in the planning and luring of Jackson to the home.

On Tuesday, a woman told deputies her 16-year-old son had witnessed Jackson's slaying in a house in Summerfield.

Authorities said the 16-year-old, who is not being identified because of his age, told investigators the group plotted the slaying because Bargo hated Jackson. Authorities say Jackson was lured to the house by a text message.

Deputies said once Jackson arrived at the house, Ely and Bargo began hitting him in the head with wooden objects.

According to the sheriff's office, Bargo then shot Jackson several times. When Jackson tried to escape, Soto 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 backyard 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.

Investigators are still searching for a .22-caliber revolver used in the slaying. The Sheriff's Office said a dive team found three 5-gallon paint buckets Wednesday afternoon in a lime rock pit. The contents of the cans are being tested to determine if they contain Jackson's remains.

According to the Sheriff's Office, some of the suspects told investigators that Bargo shot Jackson. Bargo was located and arrested in Starke, where he fled to stay with friends, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office said it was later discovered that Havens was aware of the plan to kill Jackson and assisted with the disposal of the remains. Also, Havens gave Bargo a ride to Starke in an effort to avoid capture, deputies said.

All six were being held in the Marion County Jail.


OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- April 20, 2011 -

Six people are accused of killing a 15-year-old boy, burning his body in a fire pit and putting his remains into paint cans.

Marion County Sheriff's investigators made the arrests Tuesday
night. They say Seath Tyler Jackson was beaten and shot multiple
times Sunday night at a home in Summerfield.

Jackson was reported missing Monday.

On Tuesday, a woman told deputies her 16-year-old son had
witnessed Jackson's murder. The teen, who has been charged with
murder, told detectives how the group plotted and carried out the

Investigators also arrested a 15-year-old girl, 18-year-old
Charlie Kay Ely, 18-year-old Michael Shane Bargo, 20-year-old
Justin Solo and 37-year-old James Young Havens III. Havens is the
step-father of the 15-year-old and the boy who talked to

Deputies are searching for Jackson's remains.

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