Bond court hearing for Gershon Woods, a teen charged with second-degree murder and armed carjacking death of Nelson Vega in Miramar on September 16, 2020.
Two teenagers accused of murdering a bartender to steal his Mercedes were charged as adults Friday.
Gershon Woods, who turns 17 on Saturday, and Nathaniel Williams, 16, could face life in prison as a result of being treated as adults by the courts, facing murder charges in the killing of Nelson Vega last month.
The boys said they planned to steal Vega’s car to go joyriding, police said.
Nelson Vega, who was described by friends as a charismatic 39-year-old bartender from Miramar, had left the J.P. Mulligan’s sports bar with his girlfriend. He walked her to her door and, according to the teens' account to police, left the keys in his car with the engine running. When he came back to the car, one teen claimed Vega came at them, and so both teens fired at Vega at the same time.
According to a police report on Sept. 13, Vega suffered two gunshot wounds to his chest and a third shot to his pelvis.
All cases that might qualify as first-degree murders are being filed as second-degree murders because the grand jury is unable to meet due to the pandemic, said State Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Paula McMahon. When those proceedings resume, prosecutors expect to present this case to grand jurors to decide the appropriate charge, she said.
“With the information they have now, prosecutors anticipate that they would seek life in prison ... if the grand jury issues an indictment,” she said.