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Accused Hitman Brags On Video For Allegedly Killing TSA Officer And Getting Paid With COVID Relief Business Loan

Naranja, FL – An accused killer brazenly recorded himself counting out stacks of $100 bills investigators said he received in exchange for murdering U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer Le’Shonte Jones last year, according to prosecutors.

Police said they believe the alleged murderer, 29-year-old Javon Carter, was paid using funds obtained from a COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, the Miami Herald reported.

“Another day at the office,” Carter said twice during the 35-second video released by Miami-Dade prosecutors on Tuesday.

“How do I even go through this s—t?” he boasted as he handled the thick stacks of cash, according to the Daily Mail.

The footage was allegedly found on Carter’s cell phone after he was arrested in connection with Officer Jones’ murder in February, the Miami Herald reported.

According to court documents, investigators said the TSA officer’s murder was orchestrated by 33-year-old hairstylist Jasmin Martinez.

Police said Martinez took out a $15,000 PPP loan in April of 2021 under the guise of needing the money to help her beauty salon survive the pandemic, the Miami Herald reported.

The COVID-19 relief effort PPP loans were available to small businesses and did not need to be repaid as long as they were being utilized for payroll and similar business expenses approved by the federal government.

Martinez’s business employed just one person, police said.

According to an arrest warrant, Martinez allegedly gave Carter at least $10,000 to kill Jones after she discovered that Jones had agreed to testify against her and two other people in another pending case, People reported.

That case stemmed from an incident in 2018, when Martinez allegedly assaulted Jones and was charged with battery, according to WTVJ.

After testifying against Martinez in that matter in February of 2020, Jones was allegedly robbed at gunpoint in the courthouse parking lot.

One of the suspects accused of robbing her was Martinez’s ex-boyfriend, Kelly Nelson, WTVJ reported.

Investigators said Jones had agreed to testify against Nelson in connection with the attack.

That case was still pending when Jones was gunned down outside her Naranja apartment complex on May 3, 2021, WTVJ reported.

The single mother’s three-year-old daughter witnessed her murder, which occurred in broad daylight.

The little girl was injured in the attack, but survived, according to the Miami Herald.

The shooting was captured by a surveillance camera, the Daily Mail reported.

Police said they received an anonymous tip that Carter was the killer and that cell phone records placed him at Jones’ apartment complex at the time of the attack, WTVJ reported.

Detectives began reviewing past jail calls between Nelson and Martinez in the wake of Jones’ murder and discovered Martinez had expressed a desire to “go kill this hoe” at least as far back as February of 2021, according to court documents.

She was also allegedly recorded saying that Jones “has to die,” police said.

Investigators said Martinez got her new boyfriend, 35-year-old Romiel Robinson, to go find a hitman, so he reached out to Carter, WTVJ reported.

Jones told police that she received a message on social media on March 25, 2021, “asking her to call her attorney and say Nelson did not have a gun — and that Martinez wanted Nelson home to help with the kids,” according to court documents.

She said she was also offered money to not testify against Nelson, WTVJ reported.

Jones testified against Nelson and his co-defendant in a disposition hearing on April 9, 2021.

She also testified about Martinez’ alleged witness tampering, WTVJ reported.

Investigators said Martinez took out the PPP loan on April 20, 2021.

“Bank statements were obtained which show a series of withdrawals of over $10,000 in cash and/or payments which occurs over the following days leading up to the homicide,” the warrant read, according to WTVJ.

Carter allegedly filmed himself counting out his payment within two hours of Jones’ murder, according to the Miami Herald.

Police announced murder charges against Carter, Robinson, and Martinez in February, WTVJ reported.

Carter is also facing charges of conspiring to commit first-degree murder, two counts of weapons possession by a felon, two counts of tampering with a witness, and first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to WPLG.

Martinez has also been charged with interception of communication, two counts of tampering with a witness, conspiring to commit first-degree murder, and first-degree murder with a deadly weapon.

Robinson is facing a slew of charges stemming from nine separate cases, to include armed robbery, burglary, and attempted murder in addition to Jones’ murder, WPLG reported.

Their next court hearing has been scheduled for April 8, according to the Daily Mail.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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