Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigators said two Florida-based rappers murdered Tyler Macklin, 21, then robbed him of money they later used to “flash” in a rap video.
Joseph Brandon Jr., 18, and Jonathan Felix, 21, were both charged with first-degree murder.
A third suspect, 20-year-old Dylan Kindred, was charged with conspiracy; he allegedly masterminded the hit on Macklin.
According to FoxNews.com, police said Kindred, who also allegedly drove the getaway vehicle, confessed to arranging the robbery on Jacklin, adding that Brandon Jr. and Felix were only “supposed to steal cash and drugs.”
“Brandon was in possession of a handgun at the time,” the sheriff’s department’s Facebook post said: “Brandon and Felix forced entry into Macklin’s home, while Kindred remained in the car. Kindred heard a gunshot, then the two suspects ran back out and got into the car.”
Investigators said the three men allegedly made off with $300 in cash, a small bag of marijuana, and a firearm that belonged to Macklin.
“All three defendants have criminal histories,” Fox News reports. “Brandon Jr. has been arrested for grand theft, burglary and violation of probation. Felix served four years in a state prison for armed robbery, burglary and battery on a law enforcement officer. He was released from prison in 2014. Kindred was arrested on a narcotics charge in January.”
At a press conference Monday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd dubbed the now-arrested rappers the “Jail House Bunch.”
“They needed some flash cash,” to toss around in a rap video, Judd said. Judd also said the “informal rap group” performed a concert at a Tampa club after Macklin was murdered.
“There’s no rap music in jail,” he said.