Charles Waits takes the stand in his own murder trial - WFLA News Channel 8

Charles Waits takes the stand in his own murder trial

Posted: Updated:
File photo of Charles Waits File photo of Charles Waits
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Late Monday afternoon, Charles Waits took the stand in his own murder trial.

He's accused of murdering two Tampa teens in 2011.

But Waits claims he didn't do it.

Tampa police say on an early June morning in 2011, 16-year-old Kiara Brito and her 13-year-old brother Jeremi were murdered during a home invasion.

Charles Waits and his friend Tavari Grant were later charged for the crime.

Related Story: Trial underway in case of murdered Tampa teens

Waits' murder trial is well underway and on Monday, the defense called on him to testify.

Waits claimed Grant forced him at gunpoint to take him to the Brito house to steal drugs from the teens.

Waits said, "He put the gun to my head, and at that time I'm looking at him...I see evil."

Waits says Grant forced him to knock on the door, where they were met by Kiara Brito.

He said, "When she realized, she tried to close the door and when she tried to close the door, he pushed both of us into the house."

Waits says Grant forced his way in, and robbed the teens. Waits said he left the house ahead of Grant.

"I was going to put the keys [in the ignition]...I heard a pop! Pop!"

Waits said he didn't think Grant was capable of murder and only later learned the two teens were killed.

He says out of fear he refrained from calling the police and later lied to detectives to help protect his friend.

The state presented an audio recording as evidence.

The recording was made in 2011 shortly after Waits turned himself in for the crime.

In the recording, he told the detectives that it was a man named ‘Rocco' who forced his way into the home to rob the teens.

On the stand he admitted ‘Rocco' was a real guy, but the story was made up to protect his friend Tavari Grant.

Grant has also been charged with First Degree Murder.

He's still awaiting trial.

Stay connected with the news of the day. Download the WFLA news app today. It’s FREE http://8.wfla.com/1etbepy

 

 
  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
  • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
  • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
    Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
  • NewsMore>>

  • Ukraine: 3 dead after Black Sea base attack

    Ukraine: 3 dead after Black Sea base attack

    Ukraine's interior minister says three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol in the...
    Ukraine's interior minister says three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol in the south-east part...
  • Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

    Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

    Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers, many thought to be high school students, still missing more than a day after their ferry flipped onto...
    Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers, many thought to be high school students, still missing more than a day after their ferry flipped onto its side...
  • Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

    Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

    More than 100 people were still unaccounted Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 476, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and...
    Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of...
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.