Aaron Rajman passed away after a home invasion led to his fatal shooting. When we last reported on the crime, it happened in July and there were no suspects at the time. Now, it looks as if the three teens who committed the crime have been formally charged.
The accused are: Summer Church (16), Roberto Ortiz (18), and Jace Swinton (18). According to FOX News:
Three people accused in the murder of MMA fighter “The Matzoh Brawler” – including a 16-year-old girl – were denied bail Saturday after being charged in the killing during a Florida home invasion in July.
The (three) are facing first-degree murder charges as adults in the July 3 shooting death of 25-year-old mixed martial arts fighter Aaron Rajman, an Orthodox Jew. They appeared before a judge in West Palm Beach.
Judi Church, who went to her daughter’s arraignment, has told local media that cops are accusing Summer of being the mastermind, but she says her daughter is an innocent victim who was used to set-up Rajman.
She told the Florida Sun-Sentinel that a group of men that inlcuded Ortiz and Swinton forced her daughter at gunpoint to get in a car and call Rajman to see if he was home.
She said her daughter was not a bad kid, that she was trying to do good in school and that she wants to go to nursing school when she graduates high school.
“The state attorney needed to arrest somebody, and they decided she was the criminal mastermind behind all this even though she told them everything she knows,” she said, according to the paper.
The mother told the Palm Beach Post that Summer and Rajman were acquaintances who met in January at a convenience store. She said at the time her daughter was dating Swinton.
Church also told the paper that her daughter wasn’t at the scene when Rajman was killed.
Summer’s arrest Friday occurred as her mother was driving her to school, according to the paper. She is an 11th grader at Olympic Heights High School.