ST. PETERSBURG — A second teenager was charged Thursday night in the May 10 killing of Floyd Lassiter, a retired Army master sergeant who was shot to death as he tried to stop thieves from stealing his car from his driveway.
Gregory Green, 16, was already jailed on unrelated charges when police added a charge of first-degree murder Thursday. His brother, Shirune Dometrius Green, 19, was arrested four days after the killing on the same charge, police said.
Detectives believe Gregory fired the shots from the 9mm handgun that killed Lassiter while the homeowner was struggling with Gregory's brother during the attempted carjacking.
Lassiter, a 53-year-old auto parts manager, was married with two children. His home on 25th Street S was broken into and a set of keys stolen in early May. He figured the thieves would return for his car, so he waited for them the next night.
He was right.
In the midst of the struggle, Lassiter was shot multiple times in the chest and Shirune was accidentally shot in the arm, according to a search warrant filed to obtain DNA from Gregory.
Detectives said they connected the brothers to the slaying through a text message sent to Lassiter's daughter, who knew Shirune. The text said Shirune had been shot. Police also received an anonymous tip, according to court records.
Detectives also said they found a red lanyard, a black visor, a shoe insert and a black, size 9 Adidas shoe at the shooting scene.
During a search of the teens' home, police reported finding black Adidas that belonged to Gregory that were missing a sole insert and spotted with blood.
In the garage, they found an Adidas shoebox, the same style and size as the shoe left at the crime scene, which they believe belonged to Shirune.