A Florida woman has been arrested for allegedly using a $15,000 PPP loan to hire a hitman to murder the 24-year-old woman she claims stole from her boyfriend.
Le’Shonte Jones, a TSA agent at Miami International Airport, was shot dead in front of his daughter, 3, outside their home at Coral Bay Cove Apartments in the Miami suburb of Homestead on May 3, 2021. His toddler was also injured.
Jasmine Martinez, 33, is charged with first degree murder for orchestrating the conspiracy.
Police say Martinez took out a $15,000 pandemic relief loan, which she said was for her operating women’s beauty salon, then used it to hire 29-year-old Javon Carter. to kill Jones. It’s unclear if Martinez ever owned a salon.
Carter and Romiel Robinson, 35, who allegedly linked Martinez to the killer, are also charged with murder. All three face the death penalty if convicted.
Jasmine Martinez, 33 (pictured) allegedly paid a hitman to kill TSA agent La’Shonte Jones
TSA agent Jones, 24, was shot on May 3, 2021, in front of his daughter
Javon Carter, 29, was allegedly hired for $10,000 to kill Jones. He arrived at his Florida home on May 3 and opened fire (pictured)
Jones and Martinez have a long history dating back to 2016, when Martinez attacked Jones for dating her ex-boyfriend. This case was dropped.
She was arrested again for attacking Jones in 2018 when officers investigating an unrelated case saw her punch Jones in the face, according to The New York Times.
After a court hearing for that case in February 2020, Martinez’s boyfriend Kelly Nelson was arrested for punching Jones and stealing his phone and wallet in the courthouse parking lot. He had a gun on him.
Martinez has not been charged in this case. Nelson was imprisoned for armed robbery and is still awaiting trial, although Jones was the main witness in that case.
In March 2021, Jones told police that Martinez offered him money not to testify against Nelson and sent him a social media message asking him not to tell police that Nelson was armed at the time. of the flight, the Times reported.
Just a month before his murder, on April 9, Jones gave his statement against Nelson.
Surveillance footage captured Jones and her toddler walking towards their apartment when a man, later identified as Carter, got out of a gray 2019 Nissan Sentra and began shooting at them with a semi-automatic pistol, police said.
The car had been rented by Carter’s associate, who later told police that Carter “explained to him that he was involved in a shooting to help a friend in jail.”
Ex-con Carter, wearing a black hoodie, also injured Jones’ three-year-old daughter, who was taken to hospital in stable condition.
Prosecutors say Javon Carter, 29 (right), shot Jones multiple times on May 3, 2021. Romiel Robinson, 35 (left), allegedly linked Martinez to Carter from prison
Martinez paid off the hitmen using a $15,000 PPP loan, which she says was for her beauty salon for a working woman — it’s unclear if she actually owned a salon.
In the days leading up to Jones’ murder, she withdrew $10,000, according to her arrest warrant.
Hours after Jones was shot, he was paid off and recorded video of himself counting a “large amount” of cash, according to Miami-Dade County detectives.
He could be heard saying “Just another day at the office,” according to the Herald.
Martinez and Robinson, who were arrested on Tuesday, say they were not involved in the murder.
“Jasmin has consistently denied any involvement in this since the first time law enforcement approached her last summer,” Martinez defense attorney Fallon Zirpoli said.
She also denied the murder in a Facebook post the day after the murder:
“Pray for the family instead of playing detective and murdering people’s character!” she wrote.
“No matter what differences you and another person may have gone through in the past…it’s not worth dying for!!”
‘I am a MOTHER before I am anything and I am also a mother who knows the feeling of losing a CHILD!! I serve 1 GOD AND ONE GOD ONLY.’
“My kids are hurting more than ever and instead of reacting to other people’s opinions it won’t help me to be there for them like I should. My condolences go out to anyone mourning the loss of a loved one and most certainly Shonte and I pray for her baby girl’s recovery #beblessed #saveyourfriendrequest #PRAYPRAYPRAY.’
In 2016 Martinez (pictured) was arrested on battery charges after he attacked Jones, who was dating Martinez’s ex-boyfriend. The case was dropped. She was arrested again for attacking Jones in 2018
La’Shonte Jones, pictured, was allegedly beaten in a courthouse parking lot in February 2020 after testifying against Martinez in a robbery trial
“Romiel is and was detained long before the incident unfolded,” said Jonathan Jordan, Robinson’s attorney. “This loss of life is tragic but Mr Robinson had nothing to do with it. We look forward to reviewing all the evidence and maintaining that he is innocent of these allegations.
Prosecutors suspect Robinson was the go-between who put Martinez in touch with the shooter, but he was already in jail on unrelated charges.
It is unclear whether Carter retained the services of a defense attorney. He was arrested earlier this month, but his arrest warrant has been sealed by a court order until Martinez is arrested, the Herald reported.
Prosecutors say Nelson and Martinez hatched Jones’ assassination plan over a series of months via prison phone calls, which were recorded and used as key evidence. However, Nelson was not charged with having participated in the murder of the TSA agent.
During a call, Martinez reportedly said she was “ready to go kill that bitch” and that Jones had to “die”, according to the arrest warrant for the alleged killer.
Police were able to connect Carter to the shooting after tracing his phone to the area where the murder took place, and said the same phone had been traced to the same area for hours in the two days leading up to the murder , suggesting he was inspecting Jones’ apartment.
Carter communicated with Martinez 127 times in the months leading up to Jones’ death and spoke at length with Robinson, with whom he had previously served time in prison, prosecutors said.
All three used sporting terms to haggle over the price of the shot, with the term “number 10 shirt” referring to the ultimate payout of $10,000.
Robinson and Carter have arraignments scheduled for Feb. 24, while Martinez is to be extradited from Port St. Lucie.