Teen girls attempt to carjack driver, one ends up dead and other accused of murder

florida teen and friend try to steal car from guy met online turns deadly
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May. 12 2021, Published 11:21 a.m. ET

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A Florida teenager and her friend tried to steal a man’s car, but a victim defended himself and shot both girls. 

Now, police have charged one of the teens with murder despite not pulling the trigger.

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Jennifer Elizabeth Marie Broxson, 18, and Allison Marie Dejaynes, 16, worked together in a plan to carjack a man they met online, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said at a press conference.

On Oct. 22, 2020, the man agreed to meet up with Broxson, who asked if Dejaynes could join them also and the man agreed, police said.

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While driving to a fishing pier, Broxson and Dejaynes kept commenting on how nice the car was and asking a lot of questions about the car, authorities said.

When they arrived at the pier, the man became uncomfortable because the girls were “acting ‘sketchy’ and continually asking him about his car,” according to police.

Shortly after, Broxson and Dejaynes told the man Dejaynes had a Glock 17. They told him to step away from his car and leave his car keys with them, which he did, police said.

Broxson demanded he also hand over his cellphone, which is when a fight broke out between the man and Broxson, cops said.

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The teens tried to pepper spray the man, but he fought past Broxson and ran to his car and wedged himself in the driver’s side door with Dejaynes trying to shut it and keep him out, according to officials.

Dejaynes began to yell, “Get the gun,” which is when the man started strangling her, “hoping he would render her unconscious,” according to authorities.

The teens tried to pepper spray the man, but he fought past Broxson and ran to his car and wedged himself in the driver’s side door with Dejaynes trying to shut it and keep him out, according to officials.

Dejaynes began to yell, “Get the gun,” and this is when the man started strangling her, “hoping he would render her unconscious,” according to authorities.

Broxson came up from behind and began to use a stun gun on him and hit him with a hammer in the head and body, police said.

The man got a fold-out baton from his car’s glove box and tried to fight both girls with it, but they eventually got it away from him, cops said.

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That is when the man got a handgun from under the driver’s seat and he fired at both Broxson and Dejaynes when he thought they were trying to get their own gun from the backseat of the vehicle, police said.

After shooting both the girls, the man drove to a nearby Waffle House and called 911. He requested medical attention for the teens and then put his gun inside the car, stood outside his vehicle and waited for cops to arrive, according to authorities.

According to the autopsy report, Dejaynes sustained seven gunshot wounds and died at the hospital later that day, police said.

There was no mention of how many times Broxson was shot, but she was treated at the hospital for gunshot wounds, authorities said.

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Broxson did not pull the trigger in the shooting, but she has been charged with second-degree felony murder because Dejaynes, her accomplice, died during their attempted carjacking, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said.

Meanwhile, the man the teen girls attempted to carjack will not face criminal charges in the shooting, police said.

“Based on our determination, he was attacked by these two girls, and he was defending himself,” Assistant State Attorney Mark Alderman said.

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Broxson also faces charges of aggravated battery, carjacking and obstructing justice in connection to the incident, police said.

She was 17 years old at the time of the shooting but has since turned 18 and Alderman confirmed at the press conference that she will be tried as an adult.

If convicted, she faces life in prison.

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