Police: Mother of teen charged in Miami-Dade child’s slaying helped move getaway car

Tameka Thompson
Tameka Thompson Courtesy Miami-Dade Corrections

The mother of one of the North Miami-Dade teens charged in the slaying of 6-year-old King Carter has been arrested after police say she helped get rid of the car used in the shooting.

Tameka Thompson, 41, was arrested Friday night and charged with tampering with evidence. She is the mother of Leonard Adams, 18, who is in jail awaiting trial for second-degree murder.

In an arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald, police described her occupation as “drug dealer.”

King, a first-grader at Van E. Blanton Elementary School, was killed last month in the crossfire when two rival groups began shooting at each other outside the Blue Lake Village apartments in the 1400 block of Northwest 103rd Street. The boy’s father had just given him $3. King was walking to a store to buy candy.

The killing angered South Florida, sparking rallies and forceful calls to end the violence that last year claimed the lives of 33 teens and children across Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade police say Adams, Irwen Pressley and Tamar Teems opened fire at a rival identified only as “JuJu.” A gun battle ensued and King was felled in the crossfire.

Somebody returned fire, nicking Adams in the neck. Detectives honed in on him after he was admitted to Jackson North Hospital. He later admitted to his role in the shooting, police said.

Pressley admitted a 9 mm handgun found at his home was used to shoot at “JuJu.” The teen was on supervised release on a robbery charge — and cops managed to tie him to the scene because he was wearing a GPS ankle monitor, authorities said.

For weeks, detectives looked for the bullet-riddled black 1999 Lexus, eventually finding it at a junk yard.

Police later discovered that Thompson moved the vehicle “to conceal it from police knowing that the vehicle was used in the commission of the murder,” Miami-Dade Detective Juan Segovia wrote in his arrest report.

She later paid a man $50 to get rid of the car, “never telling him that the car was used in a murder or a crime,” the report said.

The man, an acquaintance, later sold the car, which was moved to a North Miami-Dade junkyard. After the news media reported the car had been found, she angrily confronted the man, police believe.

It was unclear Friday whether Thompson had an attorney.

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