NEW: No bond for second man arrested in Jupiter triple murder


The second — and apparently final — man arrested in the Super Bowl Sunday triple homicides won’t be leaving the Palm Beach County Jail any time soon, Judge Ted Booras ruled Wednesday.

Marcus Steward, 25, faces three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and a car theft charge in the Feb. 5 Mohawk Street shootings that killed Kelli J. Doherty, Sean P. Henry and Brandi El-Salhy.

He refused to appear in court Wednesday morning and, for now, is being represented by the public defender’s office. However, a defense attorney told Booras that the office has a conflict of interest in the case. The office is representing the only other person arrested in the killing, Christopher Vasata, who was booked in March, so the Office of Regional Counsel likely will take over Steward’s case.

Charles Vorpagel, who rented the home where the shooting happened, escaped the gunfire alive. He was arrested soon after the shootings on federal gun and drug charges and plead guilty to those charges Wednesday.

MORE: Second man arrested in Jupiter triple murder; police close case

With Steward’s arrest Tuesday afternoon, Jupiter police closed their investigation to the town’s highest profile shootings in years, Chief Frank Kitzerow said in an emailed statement.

Police said Henry’s Honda was stolen from the home and abandoned on Interstate 95 and that a BMW was left behind at the scene. Police later discovered the BMW was rented to Christopher Vasata, who was arrested in March on three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting.

Steward’s and Vasata’s DNA were found in gloves and on a T-shirt, a hooded sweatshirt and a gun found by Henry’s stolen car. Additionally, two of Steward’s cellphones were found inside the BMW.

Read The Post’s complete coverage of the Jupiter triple homicides

Vasata, of Jupiter, told a fellow inmate that he and others planned to rob the people at the rented Jupiter home but “his partner got trigger-happy and so they had to shoot everyone there.”

Police have not said whether Steward was the gunman.

Authorities identified at least one other man whose belongings were found in a BMW left nearby the scene. Vorpagel said the same man, who The Palm Beach Post is not naming because he has not been charged, was allegedly a fellow drug dealer who was causing problems and robbing people. Vorpagel told police that he, Henry and Vasata spoke the day before the fatal shootings about killing the alleged drug dealer, according to court documents.

“Vorpagel said he is cordial with the other drug dealers in the area and there were not any turf wars; however, with (name) robbing everyone, it was hurting their drug supply,” police wrote in their report.

But Tuesday, the Jupiter police chief said the case is closed. When asked about what happened to the third person named throughout police documents as a suspect in the triple-homicide, police did not immediately reply. The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office on Wednesday morning referred questions to Jupiter police.

On Feb. 5, Doherty, Henry, El-Salhy and Vorpagel were sitting around a backyard fire pit when they were shot by three masked and armed people just after 10:30 p.m. Police have identified Vasata and Steward as two of them. At the end of the gunfire from a handgun and an AK-47, Doherty, Henry and El-Salhy were dead and Vasata was shot. Police have not said who shot Vasata, who was dragged from the home, put in Henry’s Honda and driven from the scene. He was found sprawled in the road streets away in the town’s Paseos neighborhood about a mile southeast of the crime scene.

Staff writer Jorge Milian contributed to this story.



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