MIAMI – Four teenagers were arrested Saturday in the death of a boy whose badly decomposed body was found in a trash bin, police said.
Quintin A. Barnett, 15, was arrested on one count each of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Aspen Thermilus, 16, Keon Williams, 14, and Johnny Randle, 16, were each arrested on one count of accessory after the fact in a murder.
The four Miami teens were all being held in juvenile detention, Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss said. It was not known if any were represented by an attorney.
All four confessed to their involvement in the death of 14-year-old Rod K. Williams, though their individual accounts differed as to how he died Feb. 2 at Randle's house, police said.
Barnett told investigators that Williams had been recklessly playing with a gun at the house, and the gun fired in a struggle to take it away from Williams. Another told police he heard a gunshot from another room and found Barnett holding a gun as he stood over Williams, and the others claimed Barnett told them conflicting stories before showing them Williams' body in the back yard.
The four teens all admitted to placing Williams' body in plastic bags and putting it in a large garbage bin that was then pushed to the rear of a string of warehouses in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, according to police.
They next returned to the house to clean away blood and other evidence, police said.
Williams' body was found Feb. 9.