Seven life sentences on Tuesday officially closed the case against one of several men accused of carrying out a bloody triple murder in a Lake Worth backyard at the height of what local authorities called a gang war.
After nearly two weeks of testimony in Charlie Wyne’s trial, it took a jury just an hour Tuesday to convict the 28-year-old West Palm Beach man of three counts of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder in the 2007 shooting at a card game.
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal immediately afterward sentenced Wyne to serve seven consecutive life terms. Wyne, who once faced a potential death penalty in the case, is already serving 30 years in federal prison on unrelated gun and drug charges.
Prosecutors say Wyne was a hired hitman, recruited by co-defendant Jarvis Jackson to commit the shooting in an attempt to settle the score for an earlier shooting with members of the alleged street gang, Top 6, at a Super 8 motel. Jackson’s older brother, Jonquinton, was shot and killed in that earlier shooting.
The target of the backyard shooting was believed to be Top 6 member Wilbertson Noelzinord, who was seriously injured but survived. But 23-year-old Edson Marcel, believed to be one of Top 6’s founders, was killed, along with Edrice Fleurme, 29, and 32-year-old Monfred Pierre-Louis. Fleurme and Pierre-Louis were not Top 6 members, authorities said.
Wyne’s defense attorney, Jeffrey Glass, tried unsuccessfully to convince jurors that there wasn’t enough evidence tying Wyne to the killing. Detectives during the trial testified that Wyne, of West Palm Beach, had confessed.
Assistant state attorneys Cheryl Caracuzzo and Jill Richstone said after the verdict that they were pleased with the outcome.
“He’s a dangerous, unrepentant and merciless hitman that needs to be eradicated from our society,” Caracuzzo said.
Jackson is still awaiting trial. A third man, Patrick Thompkins, pleaded guilty to his role in the shooting and is serving a 25-year prison sentence on three second-degree murder charges in the case. Prosecutors say there was no evidence that he was a triggerman.
A statewide grand jury indicted a dozen Top 6 members, and their arrests in 2008 essentially dismantled the group. In 2011, Circuit Judge Karen Miller sentenced Top 6 leader Futo Charles to 65 years in prison. Charles was present at the 2007 shooting in the 1400 block of B Street, but escaped without injury.
Two other Top 6 members received 25 years in prison at the end of their trials, but others, including Noelzinord, accepted plea deals for lesser sentences.
About this case
Charlie Wyne, 28, was convicted of shooting up a backyard card game in Lake Worth in 2007, killing 3 men and injuring 4 others as part of an alleged gang war hit in retaliation for an earlier shooting at a Super 8 motel.
Wyne, who is already serving 30 years in federal prison on unrelated gun and drug charges, was sentenced to 7 consecutive life terms for the shooting.