A grand jury indicted Alexander Myers on first-degree murder and armed-kidnapping charges Thursday, giving the state clearance to prosecute him for the fatal shooting of Crystal River teen-ager Warren Kelly Elkins.
Myers, 19, has been jailed since Jan. 30, the day he was arrested and, authorities say, confessed on videotape to the Oct. 2, 1990, murder.
Citrus County Sheriff's officials have said Myers met Elkins, 16, that day in a remote portion of Pine Ridge. Myers shot Elkins once, authorities allege, then took him to the Withlacoochee State Forest and fired the final and fatal shot.
Elkins' body wasn't discovered until the next month, when two hunters stumbled across scattered bones in the state forest, sheriff's reports show.
The motive for the murder remains unclear; details are contained in sealed court documents. Sheriff's officials have said only that Elkins and Myers were at odds over a personal relationship.
Assistant State Attorney Anthony Tatti, who handles most murder cases in Citrus, said a new grand jury was impaneled Thursday to hear the case.
After the panel was selected, it decided there was enough proof to formally charge Myers with first-degree murder, court records show. Such a charge, called an indictment, is necessary for the state to pursue a first-degree murder charge.
Punishment for first-degree murder is either death in the electric chair or life in prison without the chance of parole for 25 years.
Grand jury proceedings are closed to the public, but Tatti took a television and video equipment into the courtroom Thursday, indicating that the panel may have watched the taped version of Myers' confession.
Also on hand were sheriff's investigators who worked on the case. It is not known whether the investigators testified.
The grand jury also indicted a second man, Andrew Rogers, on a charge of accessory after the fact, the court records show.
Rogers, a 20-year-old former prison guard from Homosassa Springs, told Citrus authorities that he loaned Myers the .22-caliber pistol that was used in the murder. Rogers said he did not know about the killing until afterward.
Rogers did not come forward with information about the case until law officers had arrested Myers and learned more about the case, however.
Myers' mother, Gloria, visited her son the day he was arrested. She reportedly remembered her son saying during that meeting, "it (the killing) was a situation that got out of hand."
Myers, a former junior ROTC standout at Lecanto High School, was in the management program with Winn Dixie supermarket and was attending Central Florida Community College.
He lived with his wife, 17-year-old Lori Myers, in a small travel trailer behind his parents' home in Homosassa Springs.