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Woman, 23, faces murder charges after ‘date’ she lured to robbery killed her brother in self defense

Woman, 23, charged with murder after lured ‘date’ to a robbery using dating app BLK, who then shot her brother in self-defense’

  • Tat’yana Mekeva Gaston used BLK dating app to bring in attempted robbery victim
  • But when Gaston’s brother jumped to steal from the man, he fatally shot him
  • Jermon Kennard, 18, died of multiple gunshot wounds to his head and chest
  • Gaston faces murder case under new FL law involving everyone involved in crime

A woman is accused of murdering her teenage brother after their plot to rob a man ends with the boy’s shooting.

Tat’yana Mekeva Gaston, 23, hooked the unnamed 31-year-old on dating app BLK with plans to meet at Kain Palms Apartments, Tampa on Friday, May 31.

Her younger brother Jermon Kennard, 18, was waiting there with a knife.

Tat'yana Mekeva Gaston, 23, was arrested Friday for her part in the May 31 shooting

Tat’yana Mekeva Gaston, 23, was arrested Friday for her part in the May 31 shooting

But the “date,” who had been mugged and expected to meet a 22-year-old named Jada, shot Jermon dead in self-defense.

Gaston has been charged with her brother’s murder under new law in Florida Tampa Bay Times reported.

According to part 782.04 of statute Title XLVI, enacted in 2021, suspects can be prosecuted for manslaughter in the event of a death while committing or attempting to commit a crime in which they are involved.

As Kennard’s accomplice in the attempted robbery that cost him his life, Gaston can therefore be held criminally responsible for his death.

The list of possible crimes for which an accomplice second-degree murder can be prosecuted includes arson, burglary, carjacking, kidnapping, robbery or drug trafficking.

The teen, who wore a mask, died of gunshot wounds to his chest and head.

He had turned 18 in April and was finishing his senior year at Carver Exceptional Center, in northeast Tampa.

Tat'yana, 23, lied to police about the couple's intention to rob her 31-year-old date on May 31

Jermon's death is treated as murder, and his sister is being charged even though he didn't kill him

Tat’yana Gaston (left) has been charged with the murder of her younger brother Jermon (right), despite not having killed him. She lied to the police about their intention to rob her 31-year-old ‘date’

Big sister Gaston lied to police that she thought her brother would sell the man an iPhone.

She claimed there was no planned robbery, Hillsborough County Sheriff said.

But the police discovered that she had texted Jarmon telling him to come out in preparation for the robbery.

In Florida, second-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of life, probation and a fine of no more than $10,000.

The Kain Palms apartment complex in Tampa, FL was the scene of Kennard's self-defense shots

The Kain Palms apartment complex in Tampa, FL was the scene of Kennard’s self-defense shots

Gaston catfished her 31-year-old date using dating app BLK, where she pretended to be 'Jada', 22

Gaston catfished her 31-year-old date using dating app BLK, where she pretended to be ‘Jada’, 22

Florida books also state that a person who uses a firearm to commit second-degree murder should receive a minimum sentence of 25 years behind bars.

Gaston is released on a $15,000 bond.

jermon’s obituary says, “He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

His funeral will take place tomorrow (June 10).

What is Florida’s first degree murder law for accomplices?

Title XLVI part 782.04, enacted in 2021, states that second-degree murder can be “committed by a person involved in committing, or attempting to commit,” a long list of crimes in which a person is accidentally killed.

They contain:

  • Arson
  • drug trafficking
  • sexual battery
  • Robbery
  • burglary
  • kidnapping
  • Aggravated Child Abuse
  • Airplane Piracy
  • carjacking
  • Terrorism
  • Human trafficking

Rahul Parikh, from firm Florida Trial Lawyerstates, “If the suspect or other criminal participant in the crime committed the unlawful murder, state law requires a charge of first degree murder rather than second degree murder.

“Florida uses these laws to curb accidental deaths from criminal activity.”

Florida second-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, life probation, and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Florida has the death penalty – but only for first degree murder.

Since 2017, a jury must unanimously recommend the death penalty before a judge can carry it out.

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