Posted at: 07/20/2012 5:24 PM
| Updated at: 07/20/2012 5:35 PM
By: Dan Bazile
FLORIDA - Police arrested two teenagers in connection with the two bodies found in the Town of Florida Thursday.
Police say the teenaged victims, who were shot to death, were reported missing nearly two weeks ago.
The suspects were arraigned in the Town of Florida, the location of the crime scene in Montgomery County. They told NewsChannel 13 the teenaged defendants killed the two victims and went about their daily lives for 11 days until the bodies were found Thursday.
A state police helicopter hovered over the area Friday in the Town of Florida where the bodies of 13-year-old Johnathan Dejesus and 16-year-old Paul Damphier were found.
Dejesus' grandfather Charles Tiano says his family and friends are distraught over the tragedy.
The quick arrests of two other teenagers in connection with the crime isn't any consolation.
State police say 18-year-old Anthony Brasmiester and a 15-year-old male, both from the Town of Florida, have been charged with second degree murder in the case. NewsChannel 13 knows the 15-year-old suspect's identity but because state police will not identify him due to his age, we've chosen to do the same.
A primary suspect because police say he's the one who pulled the trigger of the long-arm rifle and shot Dejesus and Damphier.
The victims were shot in the main torso behind a home on Snooks Corners Road in the Town of Florida. They were left there at the scene since July 9, according to police. Family members reported the teens missing the next day to Amsterdam police.
Amsterdam police say they took the missing person's report seriously but there was no sign of foul play -- then the bodies turned up on Thursday.
The two suspects are behind bars no bail -- the 15-year-old was taken to the Capital District Juvenile Secure Facility in Albany.
As for a motive, police would not comment on that other than to say it was loosely connected to marijuana and cash.
They said the suspects made some admissions. They also found the murder weapon and ammunition at the crime scene.