Defendant Charles Waits testifies in Brito murder trial - FOX 13 News

Defendant Charles Waits testifies in Brito murder trial

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A late night in court for the man accused of killing two home-alone teenagers, and it was a night full of lies.

Charles Waits was in for it from the moment he swore to tell the truth.

He told the jury it was never his intention to rob and murder Kiara and Jeremi Brito the night of June 5, 2011.

He says he went there to buy drugs with co-defendant Tavari Grant.

But suddenly, Tavari, he says, pulled a gun on him, and forced him to rob the Britos at gun point.

He says when they made it to the house, Grant pulled out the gun and forced his way into the home.

Waits told the jury he ran out of the house, and that's when he heard gunshots.

Kiara and Brito were shot execution style.

Prosecutors said we should not believe any of this. They got Waits to admit he lied to police after the murders, claiming a mystery man named Rocco was with him at the Brito house.

They say Rocco doesn't exist.

The defense has rested. The jury will probably get the case Tuesday.

If he is convicted, he could get death. Tavari Grant's trial begins two weeks from now.

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