NARANJA, Florida. – The state’s attorney’s office released a video on Wednesday showing Javon Carter – a suspected hitman accused of killing a US Transportation Security Administration agent.
Carter, 29, checked himself into a car while counting stacks of $100 bills, police said. Detectives believe it was his payment for killing Le’Shonte Jones, a TSA officer at Miami International Airport on May 3.
Jones, a single mother, was with her 3-year-old daughter just outside her apartment in the Naranja neighborhood of southern Miami-Dade County. Her daughter was injured. Jones was 24 years old.
“Another day at the office,” he said during the 35-second video. Officers said they found it in his phone.
Detectives believe the source of the money was the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, a federal program designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Investigators accused Jasmine Martinez, a hairstylist, of fraudulently obtaining a $15,000 PPP loan in April. Detectives believe she withdrew more than $10,000 to pay Carte, according to the arrest warrant.
Miami-Dade County Correctional Officers have been holding Carter without bail at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility since Feb. 3, records show. He requested a jury trial on February 4.
Carter faces charges of first degree murder, first degree murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, two counts of witness tampering and two counts of possession of a weapons by a criminal.
Corrections officers have been holding Martinez, 33, without bond at TGKCC since February 21. Martinez faces charges of first degree murder, first degree murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, two counts of witness tampering and intercepting communication.
Romiel Robinson, 35, was also involved in the murder-for-hire plot, police said. Prison officers have held him without bond since December 13, 2020. Jail records show he is the subject of nine cases, including the murder of Jones, attempted murder, burglary and armed robbery.
A grand jury indicted Carter, Martinez and Robinson in the February 23 murder of Jones. Their next hearing on the status of the case will be at 10 a.m. on April 8.
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