Tavari Grant is arrested by Tampa Police for the murders of 16-year-old Kiara Brito, and her 13-year-old brother Jeremi, on June 9, 2011.
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TAMPA - Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober says there is not enough evidence to try a second man for the 2011 murders of two Tampa teens in their home.
Tavari Grant was scheduled to stand trial later this month for the shooting deaths of 16-year-old Kiara Brito and 13-year-old Jeremi Brito during a robbery.
Another man, Charles Waits, was found guilty on Tuesday of first-degree murder, armed burglary and robbery with a firearm.
Because the investigation remains open, Ober did not offer any other details concerning the decision to not take Grant to trial.
Additionally, Tampa police are dropping the murder charges against Grant "for now" and are actively investigating Grant and possible accomplices, according to a TPD statement.
The release goes on to say that Grant, who was convicted in 2012 of committing an armed robbery back in 2010, will be transferred to state prison to serve a seven year term for that crime.
Last Monday, Charles Waits took the stand and admitted he originally lied to police when he was first questioned about who was with him at the house where the two teens were killed.
Waits said it was Grant who he picked up in June 2011 after a night of clubbing.
He said Grant wanted to buy an ounce of marijuana, and that's what led them to Kiara Brito's house. Waits said the 16-year-old girl had sold him pot before.
Before they went in the house, Waits said Grant pulled out a gun said he was going to rob the girl.
He said Grant pointed the gun at him and forced him to the house.
Waits told the jury that as he left the house, Grant was the one that shot and killed Kiara and her 13-year-old brother Jeremi.
Originally, Waits told investigators someone named Rocco forced him at gunpoint to go to the home, and he was the one that did the shooting.
But Monday on the stand, Waits said while Rocco does exist, he did not see him that night of the murderers. He said he didn't even know Kiara had a brother when he went to the house.
After he was found guilty, sentencing for Waits was scheduled for November 22.
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