TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area man has been convicted of participating in a robbery that left two teenage siblings dead.
A Hillsborough County jury found Charles Waits guilty Tuesday of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed robbery and one count of armed burglary.
Authorities say 16-year-old Kiara Brito and 13-year-old Jeremi Brito were found shot in the head at their home in June 2011.
Waits testified that his co-defendant, Tavari Grant, was the one who killed them. Waits said he took Grant to the home only to buy marijuana from Kiara, but Grant forced Waits at gunpoint to help commit the robbery. Waits said he fled before the siblings were shot, but Grant caught up with him and threated to kill him and his family.
Grant faces trial later this month.