Teen boys charged with friend's murder expected in court
08/17/2011 9:55 AM
08/17/2011 9:59 AM
Two teenaged boys will likely see a judge today after being charged last night with the murder of their friend.
Their names have not been released because of their ages - 14 and 16. But investigators say they believe the three were cruising a suburban Boynton Beach apartment complex in a stolen car and looking for someone to rob when one of the boys accidentally fired the gun, killing his friend in the front seat.
But it took hours for that account to emerge.
When rescue crews and sheriff's deputies first arrived at Heron Pointe Apartments Tuesday morning, they found a 15-year-old boy shot in the back and his two friends claiming they were victims of an attempted robbery.
Gian Davis was pronounced dead soon after being transported to Delray Medical Center and, authorities said, his 14 and 16-year-old friends eventually came clean.
"They came here to do a crime," Palm Beach County sheriff's spokesman Eric Davis said. "And one paid the ultimate price."
After hours of questioning, the two boys told detectives Tuesday they stole a black BMW from Coconut Creek. They came to the apartment complex in suburban Boynton Beach looking for people to rob.
By 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, the teens were charged with second-degree murder with a firearm and conspiracy to commit armed residential burglary.
Davis was driving and one of his buddies was sitting behind him playing with a gun. The teen accidentally fired the gun and the bullet went through the seat into Davis' back.
His two friends pulled him out of the car, brought him to the nearby entrance of the apartment complex, and called for help around 7:30 a.m., said sheriff's office spokesman Davis.
When authorities arrived at the apartment complex, off of Boynton Beach Boulevard, Gian Davis was on the ground. A Coral Gables High School identification card was found with him.
Jamal Brokz, 19, who said he lives in the apartment complex, didn't hear a gun go off Tuesday morning.
"There's a lot of things going on," Brokz said, adding that robberies are common in the area.
The three teens are from Broward and Miami-Dade counties, said spokesman Davis. But Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show Gian Davis recently living on Stonehenge Circle in West Boynton.
FDLE records show Davis was arrested on a burglary charge in May 2008 and a resisting-an-officer charge in March 2010. Information on the outcome of those cases wasn't immediately available.
Friends of Davis' set up a Facebook memorial page and announced plans for a memorial for him Friday evening at the Heron Pointe Apartments.Staff writer Julius Whigham II contributed to this story.
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