By PHILLIP BANTZ
Naples Daily News: Jan. 26, 2007
Alexis and Jeffrey Sosa were ridiculed, their flesh was carved and bleach was poured onto their faces and open wounds during the hours leading up to their deaths, according to more than 400 pages of chilling court documents released Thursday.
The Sosas suffered through hours of torture before they were shot to death in a remote Cape Coral industrial park and burned beyond recognition, the State Attorney’s Office revealed.
Detectives learned from cell phone records and interviews with numerous witnesses that 18-year-old Alexis and his 14-year-old nephew, Jeffrey, attended an Oct. 6 party at a duplex home on 2124 N.E. Eighth Place, where they were ambushed by a group of armed youths.
Police have linked the Sosas’ alleged killers to a local gang and rap recording group known as the “Cash Feenz.”
The nine suspects — Kemar Johnston, 21, Kenneth Lopez, 18, Alexis Fernandez, 19, Cody Roux, 18, Paul Nuñes, 18, Roderick Washington, 17, Melissa Rivera, 20, Ashley Toye, 18 and Iriana Santos, 16 — are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
The State Attorney’s Office is seeking the death penalty against all six of the adult suspects. Toye, Washington and Santos were underage at the time of the crime and face life in prison.
Witness statements to detectives indicate that an inflammatory message Alexis recorded on the cellular phone of one of the suspects ignited the violence.
The documents released Thursday tell the following tale of the night’s events:
Partygoers began punching and kicking the Sosas after hearing the message.
As the beating went on, Johnston reportedly stated, “You done tried too many people in this area, see how many people you tried in this house, you ain’t going home tonight.”
One of the partygoers punched Alexis with such force that his gold teeth were knocked to the floor. When Johnston was arrested Oct. 26 in Miami, police reportedly discovered gold teeth in a duffel bag in his hotel room.
Alexis pleaded for his life.
At one point he said, “please stop, please don’t do it.”
Johnston’s response was, “don’t say no … you ain’t going home tonight,” states the report.
After being bound with shoelaces, Johnston reportedly told Alexis to “hit the last cigarette you’re gonna hit, drink the last taste of liquor you’re gonna drink.”
Another underage witness said she could hear Alexis screaming in pain as he was being burned with cigarettes.
“While Alexis was tied up, Washington sat next to him pointing a handgun at him and poured bleach on Alexis’ face,” the witness reportedly said.
Alexis was screaming, praying and speaking in gibberish as the torture continued.
The female members of the group, known as “Cash Queenz,” and Johnston carved initials into Alexis’ back, according to one witness.
Jeffrey jumped on top of Alexis in an attempt to protect his uncle and was subsequently kicked and punched.
The Sosas were eventually loaded into the trunk of Fernandez’s Ford sedan and driven to a North Cape Coral industrial park, where the suspects took turns firing bullets into Alexis.
Johnston then asked Jeffrey if he wanted to leave the industrial park and go home, according to witness statements.
“Jeffrey told him, ‘yes’ and as he began walking away Johnston told him to wait, and when Jeffrey turned around, Johnston shot him in the head.”
Firefighters discovered the Sosas in their scorched Lexus coupe Oct. 7.
An autopsy later determined that Jeffrey was shot seven times and that Alexis was so severely burned that he was unidentifiable.