16-year-old girl is 1 of 3 charged in Florida man’s death

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A 16-year-old Southwest Florida girl is back in the state after being charged in the death of a former neighbor.

The Lee County Sheriff’s office says the Fort Myers girl was originally named as an accessory in the July 15 murder of Ted Lee of Buckingham but now faces second degree murder charges. Two men — 18-year-old Jonathan Ruffini and 23-year-old Tyson Hunter — also face murder charges.

Authorities apprehended the three suspects near Topeka, Kansas, on July 18. The girl was booked in Florida on Saturday before being released. Ruffini and Hunter are awaiting extradition. All three also face charges of grand theft of an automobile and fraudulent use of a credit card.

The sheriff’s office says the girl lived in the same neighborhood as Lee for years.


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