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Testimony: Joke about actress Megan Fox led to son’s murder of father

A wisecrack about bombshell actress Megan Fox spurred a South Miami teen to murder his father, a jailhouse informant told jurors Tuesday.

Jason Beckman, on trial for killing his politician father in April 2009, confided to fellow jail inmates that just before the shooting, the young man had asked his father about the raven-haired Transformers star.

“His father told him he wouldn’t know what to do with that,” the inmate, Michael Nistal, told Miami-Dade jurors.

Beckman, who prosecutors say talked openly for years about hating his father, grew enraged. “So he went and got a shotgun and blew his head off. He missed his head and shot his face and part of his neck,” the inmate said.

As the inmate testified, Miami-Dade prosecutor Gail Levine showed jurors a glamour shot of Fox.

Beckman, 21, is accused of fatally shooting Jay Beckman, a South Miami city commissioner, as he showered inside their house in April 2009. Prosecutors say Beckman, then 17, also admitted to a neighbor that he planned to one day use the shotgun to kill his dad.

He is charged with first-degree murder. Defense attorneys have suggested that the shooting was accidental.

After his arrest, prosecutors allege that Beckman confessed to inmates, including Nistal, while at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in West Miami-Dade.

Nistal is serving a seven-year prison sentence for a series of burglaries that led to a high-speed car chase in 2008 in which his brother was shot and killed by police. Defense attorneys will most likely attack his credibility — he is also an informant on an unrelated murder prosecution — during cross examination Wednesday.

After the shooting, Nistal testified, Beckman said “he poked his father’s body with the shotgun to see if he was still alive.”

Beckman also admitted he planned to defend himself by saying the shooting was an accident, or by claiming self-defense or insanity, Nistal said. The inmate also told police that Beckman also planned to kill witnesses in the case after his release.

“He knew right from wrong,” Nistal told Levine.

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