Five suspects, including 2 juveniles, charged in murder of DeSoto 17-year-old

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by CARLA WADE

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Posted on October 25, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 11:47 PM

DeSOTO -- Five people, including two juveniles, are all charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Lovell Jenkins III.

Jenkins was sitting in the passenger seat of a car in DeSoto when he was gunned down.

DeSoto police said in a news release Friday that it appears the suspects set the victim up for a planned robbery and something went wrong.

Police arrested 18-year-old Kyel Rodriguez, 20-year-old Lamaud Mathis, his brother 18-year-old Tramon Mathis, and two other unnamed juveniles.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 8, Tramon Mathis told police his brother, Lamaud, pulled the trigger:

"Tramon said that his brother, Lamaud Mathis, came up to the vehicle on the passenger side and walked around the trunk to the driver's side window. Lamaud pulled a pistol and shot twice into the front passenger compartment. Tramon said he heard BAM BAM. Tramon said he saw his brother Lamaud shoot inside the vehicle."

Jenkins, a 17-year-old junior at Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at Yvonne Ewell Townview Center, was in the car with a friend. The car had been parked outside a house in the 600 block of Fern Drive in DeSoto on the night of Oct. 17.

The arrest affidavit also said a witness told police the suspects believed Jenkins and the 16-year-old driver of the car had money and marijuana they intended to steal, and that the robbery had been planned in advance.

Police also reviewed surveillance video provided by a neighbor showing three males and two females approaching the vehicle. In that video, detectives observed that two males appeared to have fired a gun toward the vehicle.

Jenkins was shot in the chest. He was an aspiring lawyer and remembered by his fellow students and family members as a hard worker, destined for success.

Bond has been set at $1 million dollars for each suspect.

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