BOYNTON BEACH — A 17-year-old man who was thought to be the intended target when his mother and aunt were shot to death in a home invasion last month has been charged with first-degree murder in a separate case.
Jimmy "Boo Boo" Clemons Jr. had been wanted for questioning since he was last seen shortly after his mother and aunt were killed March 17.
On Tuesday, Boynton Beach police found Clemons and arrested him on charges of burglary, grand theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor. Early Wednesday, a judge ordered him held in lieu of $5,000 bail and to have no contact with any weapons. He later was released from jail.
On Wednesday night, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office charged Clemons with first-degree murder in the slaying of Valley Alexandre, 22, of Riviera Beach on March 16 in Lantana.
Sheriff's investigators said Clemons and Alexandre attended a house party in the Lake Worth area on the night of the murder.
Witnesses told investigators Clemons wanted to rob Alexandre because he believed Alexandre had a large amount of illegal narcotics in his possession.
According to the arrest report, Alexandre drove to the 600 block of Ridge Road, just east of Interstate 95 in Lantana, and met with two men who entered the back seat of his car. One man grabbed Alexandre in a headlock and pointed a gun to his head.
A witness who was in the car told investigators he jumped out of the vehicle and later heard several gunshots. The witness identified Clemons as the person who entered the car and assaulted Alexandre with the gun.
Clemons' arrest Tuesday was the result of a hard decision his father — Jimmy Clemons Sr. — made March 21, four days after the elder Clemons' wife and her sister were murdered by gunmen armed with high-powered semi¬automatic rifles.
The two sisters — Janice Rahming, 54, and Daphne Clemons, 41 — were in the Clemonses' living room exchanging beauty tips when gunmen barged into their home and killed them.
Days after the shooting, law-enforcement sources told The Palm Beach Post their killings were likely in retaliation for Alexandre's March 16 shooting.
On March 21, Clemons Sr. learned that his 9mm Ruger was gone from a drawer at his home. He called his son to ask if he had taken it.
By the time the conversation was over, the younger Clemons confessed to his father he'd taken the gun "for protection when he leaves the house," according to the probable-cause affidavit. Before leaving his home to tell police of the incident, the elder Clemons said he saw his son put the gun back into the drawer, the affidavit said.
But, he said he chose to tell police anyway because he knew he had to.
"That's what you gotta do," Clemons Sr. said Wednesday. "He's a juvenile. I didn't have a choice."
The elder Clemons said he didn't know why his son felt he needed the gun for protection. When he was interviewed by police, Clemons Sr. said his son has not lived with him for about six months.