Four young teenagers are accused of killing a South Carolina man “execution” style after he punished them for their Instagram use by taking their computers away, according to local reports.
Three 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old plotted the murder of the victim, 38-year-old Larry Ingram Jr., on Nov. 14 after he allegedly punished two of them by taking away their laptop computers, according to the Charlotte Observer.
According to the investigation, Ingram was dissatisfied with how the teens were using Instagram.
The teens allegedly lured Ingram to his death inside his Rock Hill home, according to Rock Hill Police Department detective Eric Olson, who testified in family court on Tuesday.
The juveniles kicked and threw items at Ingram’s door until he stepped out into his apartment hall, according to the detective.
Olson testified that Ingram was shot in the back and fell to the ground, where he was shot again.
Olson called the killing an “execution.”
The suspected murder weapon, a Glock handgun wrapped in clothing and hidden in nearby woods, was discovered by police.
The teenagers were arrested hours after the fatal shooting and charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They have been in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice since their arrests.
According to the Observer, three of the four appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday, and Visiting Family Court Judge Kimaka Nichols-Graham ordered that they remain detained.
Prosecutors have asked the court to try the three teenagers as adults.
The fourth suspect is expected to appear in court for a detention hearing in the coming days.