A 15-year-old man accused of killing a supermarket clerk in St. Augustine is charged as an adult.
A St. Johns County grand jury sued Sergio Morgan-Wideman Thursday for first degree murder, armed robbery with a gun and two serious assaults with a gun, said Seventh District Attorney RJ Larizza.
Morgan-Wideman was arrested on May 19 in connection with the death of Malav Desai, a 29-year-old Tobacco and Beverage Express employee at 70 Masters Drive in St. Augustine.
The paramedics arrived around 2 p.m. and found Desai was bleeding on the floor and suffered from a gunshot wound to the head, police said. He didn’t have a pulse. A witness told police that he heard a man yelling at the salesman to hurry up and give him money.
Seconds later he heard a bang and the doorbell went off. He also said that the suspect was carrying a small pistol with a wooden handle, according to police.
The suspect was seen getting into a sport utility vehicle that was believed to have been driven by someone else.
MPs went on a high speed chase that ran through Putnam County and ended in Green Cove Springs. The Clay County Sheriff’s Bureau deputies detained two people: Morgan-Wideman and Andre Jerome Robinson Jr., 16, of Gainesville.
Authorities are investigating Robinson, Larizza said.
The getaway car identified as the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been confirmed stolen from another county, said Mary Justino, a spokeswoman for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
While Morgan-Wideman has not been tried, Larizza has indicated possible sentences if convicted in court.
“Mr Wideman is a minor and the death penalty is not an option; that was established by the Supreme Court,” Larizza said. “Any minor charged with first degree murder can be sentenced to life, but must have a meaningful parole.”
Minors convicted of first degree murder must be screened for parole 40 years after their conviction, Larizza said.
“Every murder is sad, tragic and pointless. There is violence in our communities and we break it off at any cost,” Larizza said on Thursday. “But the age of these two people is also very worrying, especially Mr Wideman, who at the age of 15 is charged with first degree murder.”
Morgan-Wideman previously had problems with the law. When he was 13 years old, he was arrested for stealing a motor vehicle. After an incident in June 2013, he resisted non-violently and broke parole.