Jury finds Michael Bargo guilty of first-degree murder
OCALA, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -
After roughly three hours of deliberations, a jury found Michael Bargo Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the brutal slaying of 15-year-old Seath Jackson.
Prosecutors claim that in April of 2011, Bargo and four friends beat up Jackson at a Summerfield home, then Bargo shot him three times. Prosecutors argued Bargo and his friends tried to break Jackson's legs in the bathroom of the home, but when the teen woke up, Bargo shot him again.
Investigators said Jackson's body was then burned, dismembered, and placed in large paint buckets which were submerged in an area lake.
Detectives said Bargo, 21, was the ringleader behind Jackson's death. Co-defendants Justin Soto, 21, Kyle Hooper, 17, and Hooper's sister, Amber Wright, 16, were found guilty last year. Charlie Kay Ely, 19, was found guilty in 2011. All are serving life sentences.
The jury is in recess until Friday, at which time they take up the penalty phase of the trial.