Charles Waits, suspect in Brito siblings' murders takes stand, says Tarvari Grant killed victims

TAMPA - For the first time, the jury heard from one of two men accused of murdering two South Tampa teens, 16-year-old Kiara Brito and her 13-year-old brother Jeremi.

The teens were both shot to death during a 2011 robbery.

Charles Waits is on trial for murder. His long-time friend Tarvari Grant will be tried later this month.

Waits took the stand Monday 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 is 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 Mnoday 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.

Closing arguments are expected Tuesday.

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