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Victim shot for wearing wrong color

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Prosecutors say the teen murdered at a West Valley City golf course was killed for wearing the color of a rival gang, and a 14-year-old is accused of the crime.

Prosecutors say the juvenile was the ringleader in a crime spree on Feb. 5. Because of the his age, prosecutors have to ask the juvenile court to certify him as an adult. They plan to charge him with aggravated murder.

Jeremiah Williamson, Shardise Malaga and Spencer Cater were charged with murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Prosecutors say they lured the victim's friend, Gregory Brown, to commit robberies. Brown called his friend JoJo Brandstatt to help with those robberies.

They drove to a house they planned to rob. The suspects got scared and became suspicious of Brandstatt, who they say, was in a rival gang.

"Specifically, the juvenile A.F. became very angry, stated he was going to kill Mr. Brandstatt because he was setting them up and wearing a rival color of red," said Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller.

According to prosecutors, the suspects drove Brandstatt to the West Ridge Golf Course. Cater gave the 14-year-old a gun, and then the teen shot Brandstatt 3 times, killing him.

After the murder, the suspects forced Brandstatt's friend, Gregory Brown, to commit robberies at three 7-Eleven stores in West Jordan and West Valley.

Brown was able to escape. Brown is in jail on a probation violation. Prosecutors have not decided whether they will charge him.

They are also screening cases against some relatives and friends of the suspects.



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