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Jodi Arias (Source: CBS 5 News)
It is now in the hands of the 12 jurors to decide if Jodi Arias will live her life behind bars or if she'll be executed. The defense and prosecution gave their closing statement Tuesday afternoon andMore >>
The judge has declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial. The jury announced late Thursday afternoon that they could not reach a unanimous decision on life or death for Arias.More >>
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RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - When Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters visited shooting victims in the hospital this weekend, he says, he didn't realize Rijkard Jean-Baptiste, 20, was also a suspect.
"I was as shocked as you were. When I first heard about it, it was early this [Thursday] morning. I woke up with this," Masters said during an interview conducted by WFLX in Charlotte, NC, where he was attending the Democratic National Convention as a delegate.
Masters says he met Jean-Baptiste several times as his granddaughter's acquaintance, but says it was only in passing.
Masters says it's not the first time he's known victims or suspects of violence. "When you have a family member who knows, or a suspect who knows your family member, that's tough as well. It's a small community, people know people," said Masters.
Jean Baptiste appeared in court to face first and second degree murder charges Thursday morning. "When kids get a certain age, we don't know who they're seeing, we don't know who their friends are. They don't tell you, especially when you're grandfather is a bishop," said Masters.
Antonio Hinds, 17, and Andy Joseph, 16, were killed in the shooting, which police explain as the culmination of a simmering feud. "We had two young people who had a beef, and they decided to settle it with firearms," said Riviera Beach Police Chief Clarence Williams.
Jean Baptiste's family spoke to WFLX after his appearance.
They insist he started shooting in self-defense after being shot in the leg. "He said only shot one person, and the one person who shot him in the leg was coming to blow his head off, and that's when he pulled the gun to shoot at the person," said a relative who did not want to be identified.
Masters pledges to start a task force to battle violence in his city, and says the personal connection makes him more determined. "It's still about victims here. We just have to find a way to stop guns from getting into the hands of kids, period," said Masters.