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SECOND SUSPECT IN BOY'S MURDER SURRENDERS

PIO Number: 02-10-25

SECOND SUSPECT IN BOY’S MURDER SURRENDERS

BSO Case Number: PB02-10-2244 (Update 5)

Place of Occurrence: 830 NW 5 Avenue, Pompano Beach

Victim(s): Jawon Matthews, 12, 4075 Lakeside Dr., Tamarac (DECEASED)

Suspect(s): Lavonshea “Von-shay” Wright, 25, 4/30/77, male, Broward County at large

Description of Incident:

A career criminal who instigated the murder of a 12-year-old boy surrendered today to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The instigator, Lavonshea Wright, 25, known on the street as “von-shay,” had been eluding BSO deputies and detectives since the afternoon of Sunday, October 6th, when 12-year-old Jawon Matthews was gunned down in cold blood as he sat in the front yard of a house in Pompano Beach. Shortly after BSO publicly announced that Wright was wanted in connection with the killing he surrendered through his attorney. Wright has been charged with Principal in the First Degree (to murder).

BSO detectives have determined that Wright got into a fight at the Emerald City lounge the night before the murder. Wright lost several teeth in the fracas and recruited his friend, Vondeyleyn Sutton, 31, to help mete out revenge. Wright and Sutton both drove to the Lumsdon home, looking for the combatants, and Sutton shot young Jawon twice when he remained in the yard instead of running away. Sutton was arrested by the BSO SWAT team last week (10/9/02) and is jailed on a First Degree Murder charge.

(Von-shay) Wright has been arrested 10 times as an adult on numerous charges including Assault, Theft, Burglary, Trespassing, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, and Driving Without a License. He will be held without bond in BSO’s main jail.

Media note: this news release replaces the one issued earlier today, stating that Wright was wanted. He surrendered minutes after the first release was issued.

INVESTIGATORS: THIS REPORT BY:
Homicide Det. Ilarraza, CI Jim Leljedal /PIO
Homicide Sgt. B. O’Neil, CI October 15, 2002 1530

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