OCALA, Fla. – A north Florida teen has been convicted of first-degree murder for her role in the killing of her ex-boyfriend.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that jurors took two hours on Thursday to decide that Amber Wright lured 15-year-old Seath Jackson into a mobile home where he was killed.
In a video played by the state, Wright is heard saying the deceased hit her, almost gave her an STD, cheated on her and turned her friends against her, PEOPLE reports. That was used as evidence that the teen wanted Jackson to be killed.
The trial was the second for Wright, now 19. Her initial conviction was tossed out because of an error at her first trial. She is one of four people who have been prosecuted for Jackson’s slaying. One other defendant, 23-year-old Michael Bargo, has been sentenced to death, and three others have received life sentences for Jackson’s murder.
Wright is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 23. Her mother Tracey was in tears after the verdict.
State uses text messages
The state showed jurors, through text messages, how Wright, who was 15 at the time of the murder, lured Jackson to the home.
Jackson was beaten and shot several times. His bones were broken to fit into a sleeping bag, and his body was burned in a fire pit. His remains were put in paint cans and tossed into a limestone quarry.
Jackson’s mother said her son’s birthday is next month, and birthdays nor holidays are the same.
“It’s hard. It’s very hard. I can’t tell you how I made it through all this. I just get up every morning knowing that I have to fight for my son,” Sonia Jackson said.