A Florida woman has been arrested for allegedly using a $15,000 PPP loan to hire a hitman to kill a 24-year-old woman who she claimed stole her boyfriend.
Le’Chonte Jones, a TSA agent at Miami International Airport, was fatally shot dead in front of her 3-year-old daughter outside their home at Coral Bay Cove Apartments in the Miami suburb of Homestead on May 3, 2021. Her baby was also killed. injured.
Jasmine Martinez, 33, is charged with first-degree murder for plotting.
Police say Martinez took out a $15,000 pandemic relief loan she claimed was for her one-woman beauty salon and then used it to hire 29-year-old Javon Carter to kill Jones . It is not clear if Martinez ever owned a saloon.
Carter and Romil Robinson, 35, who reportedly linked Martinez to the killer, are also charged with murder. All three could face the death penalty if proven guilty.
Jasmine Martinez, 33, (pictured) allegedly paid a hitman to kill TSA officer La’Shonte Jones.
TSA agent Jones, 24, was gunned down on May 3, 2021 in front of his daughter.
Javon Carter, 29, was reportedly hired for $10,000 to kill Jones. He arrived at her Florida homestead on May 3 and opened fire (pictured).
Jones and Martinez have been in a long-term relationship since 2016 when Martinez attacked Jones because she was dating her ex-boyfriend. This case was dropped.
According to The New York Times, she was arrested again for assaulting Jones in 2018 when officers investigating an unrelated matter saw her punch Jones in the face.
Following a court hearing in the case in February 2020, Martinez’s then-boyfriend Kelly Nelson was arrested for punching Jones and stealing her phone and wallet from the courthouse parking lot. He had a firearm with him.
Martinez was not charged in this case. Nelson was imprisoned for armed robbery and is still awaiting trial, although Jones was the main witness in the case.
In March 2021, Jones told police that Martinez offered her money not to testify against Nelson and sent her a message on social media asking her not to tell police that Nelson was armed at the time of the robbery, the Times reported.
Just a month before her murder, on April 9, Jones testified against Nelson.
CCTV footage showed Jones and her toddler walking towards their apartment when a man later identified as Carter stepped out of a gray 2019 Nissan Sentra and began shooting at them with a semi-automatic pistol, police said.
The car was rented by Carter’s associate, who later told police that Carter “explained to him that he was involved in the shooting to help a friend in jail.”
Former inmate Carter, wearing a black hoodie, also wounded Jones’ three-year-old daughter, who was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Prosecutors say 29-year-old Javon Carter (right) shot Jones multiple times on May 3, 2021. Romiel Robinson, 35, (left) allegedly connected Martinez to Carter from prison.
Martinez paid off the hitmen using a $15,000 PPP loan she claimed was for her one-woman beauty salon—it’s not clear if she actually owned the salon.
According to the arrest warrant, she withdrew $10,000 in the days before Jones was killed.
Hours after Jones was shot, he was paid and recorded a video of himself counting a “large sum” of cash, according to Miami-Dade County detectives.
According to the Herald, he can be heard saying, “Another day at the office.”
Martinez and Robinson, who were arrested on Tuesday, say they were not involved in the murder.
“Jasmine has always denied her involvement in this since law enforcement first approached her last summer,” Martinez’s lawyer, 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 killing people!!” she wrote.
“No matter what kind of disagreement you and the other person may have gone through in the past… it’s not worth dying for!!”
“I am a MOTHER before becoming someone and I am also a mother who knows the feeling of losing a CHILD!! I serve ONE GOD AND ONE GOD ONLY.”
“My children are suffering more than ever, and instead of me reacting to the opinions of others, this will not help me to be there for them, as I should. My condolences to everyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, and, of course, Shonte and I pray that her girl will recover
In 2016, Martinez (pictured) was arrested for battery after assaulting Jones, who was dating Martinez’ ex-boyfriend. The case was dropped. She was arrested again for assaulting 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 in custody long before the incident broke,” said Jonathan Jordan, Robinson’s lawyer. “This loss of life is tragic, but Mr. Robinson has nothing to do with it. We look forward to reviewing all evidence and maintain that he is innocent of these charges.”
Prosecutors suspect Robinson was the “middleman” who set Martinez up with the shooter, but he was already in jail on unrelated charges.
It is unclear if Carter hired defense counsel. He was arrested earlier this month, but his arrest warrant was sealed by a court order prior to Martinez’s arrest, according to the Herald.
Prosecutors say Nelson and Martinez have been hatching a plan to kill Jones for months with the help of phone calls from prison that were recorded and used as key evidence. However, Nelson was not charged with involvement in the murder of the TSA officer.
During one of the calls, Martinez allegedly said that she was “ready to go kill that whore” and that Jones should “die” according to the arrest warrant for the alleged killer.
Police were able to link Carter to the shooting after they traced his phone to the location where the murder took place and stated that the same phone had been traced to the same location for several hours during the two days leading up to the murder. that he was inspecting Jones’ apartment.
According to prosecutors, Carter spoke with Martinez 127 times in the months leading up to Jones’ death and spoke extensively with Robinson, with whom he had previously served prison time.
The three used sports terms to haggle over the price of a hit, with the term “the number 10 shirt” referring to the final payout of $10,000.
Robinson and Carter are due in court on February 24, and Martinez is due to be extradited from Port St. Lucie.