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Second suspect arrested in Jupiter triple homicide

Posted at 1:43 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 19:24:30-05

Jupiter Police announced Tuesday the arrest of an additional suspect in the Jupiter triple homicide on Super Bowl Sunday.

Marcus Steward, 25, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder with a firearm, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, and one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle. 

Sean Henry, 26, Brandi El-Salhy, 24, and 20-year-old Kelli Doherty were shot to death during a Superbowl Sunday party on Feb. 5 on Mohawk Street in Jupiter River Estates.

A Contact 5 investigation discovered Jupiter Police believe three people were involved in the shooting. Police arrested the first suspect, Christopher Vasata for the same charges in March.

Steward was on a witness list as part of court documents in Vasata’s case. 

Deputies arrested Steward in April for resisting arrest while detectives served a search warrant on him, trying to get his DNA. The warrant said they had found Steward's DNA on a gun discovered after the shooting. 

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Federal officers arrested the man renting the house on Mohawk Street, Charles Vorpagel, for cocaine possession, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm for drug trafficking.

Vorpagel is expected to in Federal Court in West Palm Beach Wednesday morning for a change of plea hearing. He pled not guilty to the three charges against him in June.

Members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Steward without incident in Riviera Beach at 12:15 p.m.

Steward is expected to appear before a Palm Beach County judge Wednesday morning. 

Statement from Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow:

“Due to the complexity of this horrendous crime, Jupiter Police Department Detectives completed a lengthy investigation and have worked tirelessly to examine all pieces of evidence obtained from this incident. As a result, Steward was apprehended and charged today.  I would like to personally thank the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service for their assistance during this investigation.  Due to the collaborative efforts of all agencies, a dangerous individual will no longer threaten our community.  At this time, there is no further evidence to indicate any other suspects were involved in this incident; and therefore, the case is now closed,” said Chief Frank Kitzerow.