JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two of the four people charged in the 2016 murder of taxi driver Melvin Wright have pleaded guilty.
Tionne Williams, 15, and Tavione Williams, 18, who are not related, face an unspecified amount of time in juvenile detention, followed by 25 years in prison.
Deron Brown Jr., 19, and Jamir Green, 20, are on trial for murder in the 2016 shooting death of Wright, who was killed in a robbery attempt.
Brown and Green are being tried together, but each have his own jury.
Wright, 62, was found with a gunshot wound to his chest slumped over the front seat of his cab in the front yard of a home on Bloxham Avenue in Panama Park.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Tionne Williams called and asked for a cab to come to that address. When Wright arrived, Brown and Tavione Williams approached the cab. Lt. Steve Gallagher said the plan was for Tavione Williams to get in the cab and distract the driver, but Brown shot him with a .22-caliber rifle.
Police said the two younger teens were living at Panama Youth Services, a facility that provides housing for difficult-to-place foster care children, a half-mile from where Wright was killed.