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Florida High School Student Stabbed To Death With Knife And Sword, Classmates Charged

Miramar, FL – Three teenagers have been charged as adults with the murder of a classmate after they stabbed him to death with a knife and sword outside his apartment and then hid his body in the bushes.

Arrest warrants said that 17-year-old Andre Clemens III, 17-year-old Christie Parisienne, and 16-year-old Jaslyn Smith together plotted the Oct. 17 murder of 18-year-old Dwight “DJ” Grant, WPLG reported.

Police said that text messages revealed that Clemens was angry that Grant had slept with his ex-girlfriend and planned to murder him.

“Murder will definitely happen soon,” Clemens wrote in one text message to Parisienne, according to WPLG.

“We have plans for this person… If he made you happy, get used to him not being here anymore,” he also texted her.

The arrest affidavit said that on the night of the murder, the three co-conspirators met at a park near Grant’s apartment wearing clothes they didn’t mind ruining, The Washington Post reported.

Police said they planned in advance to put their phones in airplane mode and leave them at Smith’s house.

Surveillance video from the apartment complex showed Clemens, Parisienne, and Smith arriving at Grant’s apartment building together.

Court records showed that Parisienne admitted that on the night of the murder, she propositioned Grant with sex in order to lure him out of his apartment, WPLG reported.

Clemens and Smith were dressed entirely in black and they waited in the stairwell for Grant to come out of the apartment, according to charging documents.

Police said that Clemens and Smith ambushed Grant in the stairwell, WPLG reported.

Grant fought back initially and then pleaded for his classmates to let him go.

“You know who I am and why I am here. You know I have to kill you now,” Smith told detectives that Clemens told Grant, according to the arrest warrant.

Charging documents said Parisienne told police she acted as a lookout while Smith held Grant down as Clemens pummeled him and then stabbed him to death, WPLG reported.

Police said that after Clemens stabbed Grant in the neck, the wounded boy pleaded for his attackers to “end it for him,” The Washington Post reported.

That’s when investigators said Clemens picked up the sword and plunged in into Grant’s chest.

The arrest warrant said that the teens dragged Grant out of the building and hid his body in the bushes after they killed him.

Parisienne admitted to police that she cleaned up the blood in the stairwell with cleaning supplies she had brought with her for that purpose, The Washington Post reported.

Charging documents said that after they hid Grant’s body and cleaned up the murder scene, the teens set their bloodstained clothing on fire and threw the ashes in a lake, WPLG reported.

Grant’s mother tried to report her son missing later that night but police wouldn’t take the report until he had been missing for 48 hours because he was an adult, The Washington Post reported.

The arrest affidavit said she called police again on Oct. 19 after she reviewed the security footage from the apartment complex and saw the trio attacking her son.

The detective who responded to the mother’s call found “signs of blood” and then discovered Grant’s body in the nearby bushes, The Washington Post reported.

Charging documents showed that the detective found a knife with a broken blade on the ground by Grant’s body.

Clemens, Parisienne, and Smith have all been charged as adults with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and criminal conspiracy, WPLG reported.

They were taken into custody.

The Broward State Attorney’s Office said in a statement on Oct. 27 that “the three suspects in the homicide of Dwight Grant will be charged as adults,” NBC News reported.

“If this case were to be handled as a juvenile matter, the maximum term of residential treatment would be 36 months prior to release,” the statement read. “A juvenile charge would mean that the person would be released after three years in the system and could only be kept under supervision in the community until age 21.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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