The suspect, Jasmine Martinez, and two others identified by police as Javon Carter and Romiel Robinson, were arrested on charges related to the murder of Le’Shonte Jones and the attempted murder of his daughter on May 3, 2021.
Jones, who served as a Transportation Security Administration officer at Miami International Airport, was pronounced dead at the scene and her daughter was flown to a hospital, according to local media.
Media reports that Martinez had received the $15,000 loan, given to business owners struggling during the pandemic, for a beauty salon.
In the days leading up to the bombing, Martinez is alleged to have withdrawn about ten thousand dollars from the federal loan he had received. He allegedly used the money to pay the hitman for the crime.
Investigators said Martinez knew the victim. She had been arrested and charged in 2018 after having a physical altercation with Jones, who testified against Martinez in 2020, according to the court order.
It was later reported that Jones was harassed so that she would not testify again. Martinez reportedly told Nelson in a feb. 11, 2021, call that she was “ready to go kill” Jones, as she “had to die.”
The warrant reportedly alleges that a video was recovered from Carter’s phone from the day of the murder, showing him counting a large amount of cash and bragging, “Another day at the office.”
Attorneys representing Martinez and Robinson say Martinez has denied any involvement and said Robinson had nothing to do with the killing, according to NBC.
Carter and Robinson remain in the county jail without bail. Martinez was arrested in St. Lucie County and awaited extradition to Miami-Dade.