The “sick monster” responsible for the murder of a teenager and his younger brother has been arrested, a Florida sheriff said on Friday.
The mother of Tayten Baker, 14, and Robert Baker, 12, woke up on Wednesday and found their bodies at their home in Melrose, according to reports. They had just moved in 16 days ago.
“Mark Wilson, the sick monster responsible for the brutal murder of Tayten and Robert, was arrested last night,” Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach said on Facebook.
The sheriff said Wilson, 30, killed the boys with a hammer and knife, which had been recovered as evidence.
“Sadly, Robert and Tayten are the ones who suffered from everything that crossed Wilson’s twisted agenda,” he said. “As a parent, the murders of Robert and Tayten are an unimaginable loss for a family. I cannot understand the anguish their parents are suffering.
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Wilson has been charged with first degree murder and could face the death penalty, Putnam County District Attorney RJ Larizza said in a press conference he held with DeLoach on Friday.
“These are some of the most brutal murders I have ever heard of,” Larizza said. “I can tell you that the accused, he attacked these children without mercy.”
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The boys’ mother allowed Wilson and his girlfriend to live in a shed on their property. The mother and girlfriend were sisters, authorities said.
“The Baker family has done a lot to help Wilson. Unfortunately, this resulted in the deaths of Rober and Tayten, ”DeLoach said at the press conference. “We are in mourning, with the family.
He said Wilson has a “long criminal history” for drugs and property crime but not for violence.
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WJXT-TV reported that Wilson served two stretches in prison.