Teen Suspect in Machete Murder Case Irate in Interrogation Room (Watch)

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*Recently, a video surfaced of a teen girl who was arrested last August for her alleged involvement with the machete murder of a schoolmate. The video shows her hysterical beyond composure as a detective attempts to interrogate her.

Screaming “Gimme my dad!” and “I didn’t do anything!” 19-year-old Desiray Strickland was the fifth suspect charged in the 2015 slaughter of Jose Amaya Guardado on June 28, according to Miami-Dade police.

Previously indicted in the murder (and charged with 2nd degree murder) is 20-year-old Kaheem Arbelo, 18-year-old Jonathan Lucas, 19-year-old Christian Colon and 23-year old Joseph Cabrera. All  were arrested and confessed to the crime last year on video.

Charged with 2nd degree murder
L-R: Jonathan Lucas, Christian Colon, and Kaheem Arbelo have been indicted and charged with 2nd degree murder

According to reports, the group of very twisted friends were connected by Homestead Job Corps in Miami, a live-in school and vocational training program for at-risk students run by the U.S. Department of Labor. It is said that they planned the murder over a two-week period.

Joseph Cabrera was captured later.
Joseph Cabrera was captured later.

Claims were also made that Strickland is the girlfriend of “ringleader” Kaheem Arbelo. And according the arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald, witnesses told police Strickland had “complained that she missed the first series of machete strikes because she had walked away for a few minutes to urinate in the woods.”

Reports also say that the couple stayed behind after the gruesome act, and “celebrated by having sex” at the murder scene.

Jose Amaya Guardado was 17 years old. He was said to be a shy young man who helped his parents sell ice cream on the weekends.
Jose Amaya Guardado was 17 years old. He was said to be a shy young man who helped his parents sell ice cream on the weekends.

In the video, where a handcuffed Strickland screams, “I did not kill that boy, I promise!” to the detective, she is accused of having shoved and head-butted the interrogator on the way into the room. A claim she denies and yells, “Stop lying!”

Unfortunately, the video doesn’t capture her immediate entrance. And it seems that we would have heard some reference to such an act in the detective’s tone (i.e. “Hey, stop that!”) since audio was the only thing we have to go by prior to seeing the girl sit in the chair.

Just an observation though. Because of the weight of the crime, it may be easier to pin such a claim on her and have it be assumed as true.

Guardado’s murder was nothing short of horrendous and will not be described here. But police believe it happened as a result of a debt. The victim, who is described as “shy” (often misread as stand-offish) is said to have owed money to Arbelo, a suspected drug dealer.

As of this writing, Strickland had refused the services of an attorney, and was transported to jail, where she remains.

Watch the interrogation video directly below. As usual, your thoughts are welcomed.

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