OKEECHOBEE, FL (AP) -- A teenager faces first-degree murder and arson charges in the January shooting deaths of two young adults whose bodies were found in a charred car that belonged to one of them.
An Okeechobee County grand jury late Wednesday indicted Mark Anthony Alvarez, 17, on two counts of murder with a firearm and one count of arson in the deaths of Curtis Wayne Tenney, 18, and 19-year-old Elizabeth Ann Johnson.
The victims were found shot to death in Johnson's Mustang convertible, which had been set on fire. Dental records were used to identify the badly burned remains. Prosecutors have not released any details about a possible motive for the crime.
Alvarez is being tried as an adult but cannot get the death penalty because he is a juvenile. He is being held without bail. Alvarez was originally arrested in March on charges stemming from an alleged incident in which he was seen by a sheriff's deputy spray-painting a subdivision sign and then pushed the deputy in an attempt to flee.
Alvarez is being represented by the local public defender's office, but the lawyer who had his case is withdrawing because of a conflict. A new defense lawyer has yet to be appointed.