A South Carolina man lured two people to their death in a fake business deal. Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
This month, Jasper County Judge Carmen Mullen handed Jonathan Antonio Nieves, also known as “Santana,” two life terms in prison for the brutal double homicide of Bruce Specks, 33, and Shantay Jenkins, 27.
Nieves was found guilty and convicted by a jury of two counts of murder and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
On Oct. 2, 2015, the 27-year-old defendant lured Specks and Jenkins to Whistle Stop and Tillman Road in Jasper County to rob them of money and drugs. However, Nieves, under the guise of a business deal, killed the duo.
Later, both victims were found in a burnt car near Hardeeville, South Carolina.
According to prosecutors, Nieves attempted to cover his tracks with fire, according to media reports. However, the medical examiner used DNA analysis to identify both victims. In addition, an autopsy of the bodies showed Specks had suffered blunt force trauma to his head while Jenkins had been shot in the chest.
Both victims were already dead before the car was set ablaze.Specks’ body was found in the backseat, and Jenkins’ body was found in the front passenger seat.
The jury heard from 25 witnesses over a three-day period before returning with the guilty verdict during the trial.
“Nieves schemed to rob and murder the victims, then tried to conceal his actions with a fire. The jury returned a just verdict,” said Deputy Solicitor Sean Thornton, who prosecuted the case, according to Bluffton Today.
Jasper County Sheriff Greg Jenson thanked residents who came forward with information that led to the defendant’s arrest.