A Florida man has been found dead in the boot of his car after allegedly being killed by his best friend and his ex-girlfriend when he found out they were having a relationship.
Melvin Ray Wilcox, 39, was found dead in the boot of his car on 18th March after being reported as missing for several days.
He had been shot in the head and twice in the area of his neck and shoulder, according to the local authorities.
Lashawn Triplett, 43, the mother of the victim’s child, and Johnny Wesley, 42, Wilcox’s friend, have been charged with first-degree murder with a firearm.
According to local media, the victim bumped into the suspects at the Central Florida Fair in the city of Orlando in Orange County in the US state of Florida on 13th March.
Wilcox started arguing with his friend because he never told him that he had started seeing Triplett around a year earlier.
The police said, after reviewing around 10 hours of CCTV footage, that the victim entered Wesley’s home at around 2am on 15th March and they had not seen him leaving.
The victim’s Honda Civic was later reversed to the front door when all the lights in the home were turned off.
A man was then seen driving the car away and Wesley was observed returning home on foot about an hour later. He placed two large rubbish bags in his own car, drove away, and came home 15 minutes later.
The police suspect that Wilcox was shot at the home and his body was moved into the car, adding that bullet holes, blood remnants, and a 9mm casing was found during a search.
The authorities said the victim’s mother reported her son’s car as stolen and that she was aware of his argument with Wesley.
The victim told his mother that he was visiting a different friend, but the person said he never arrived. She contacted Wesley and he allegedly told her that Wilcox arrived at his house, started another argument, and then left in his car.
Wesley claimed he had to jumpstart Wilcox’s car because it had a dead battery.
Both suspects are being held at Orange County Jail as the investigation continues.