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Teen Machete Murder Suspect Cries And Screams During Police Interrogation

 

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One of the five Florida teens charged with first-degree murder after a shocking machete attack on a fellow student broke down during her interrogation with police, swearing she did nothing wrong.

Desiray Strickland, 19, has been indicted for first degree murder in the 2015 death of 17-year-old Jose Guardado, who was killed at a live-in school in Miami in June 2015.

Police say the attack was so severe, the victim’s face had caved in as a result of the attack.

In the interrogation video after her arrest – released this week – a handcuffed Strickland is seen demanding to be let free, screaming at a detective and crying hysterically, repeatedly saying: ‘I have no involvement!’ She is heard yelling at the video: ‘I did not kill that boy! I promise!’

Strickland also repeatedly asks for her father. She is reportedly the girlfriend of the teen that is the suspected ringleader of the five allegedly involved in the murder, Kaheem Arbelo, 20.

Police say the killing was over a debt owed to Arbelo, a suspected drug dealer.

Jonathan Lucas, 18, Christian Colon, 19, and 23-year-old Joseph Michael Cabrera, 23, have also been charged.

According to the Miami Herald, witnesses told police Strickland ‘complained that she had missed the first series of machete strikes because she had walked away for a few minutes to urinate in the woods,’ her arrest report says.

After the killing, the group allegedly buried Guardado and to hide evidence, burned belongings as well as their own clothes, according to police. Strickland has pleaded not guilty in the case. Strickland and Arbelo are also said to have stayed back while the other three returned to campus, in order to have sex in the woods.

According to the arrest report, the suspects had planned the attack two weeks in advance.

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