Jace Swinton, [left], and Roberto Ortiz, both 18, along with Summer Church, 16, have been charged in the murder of Aaron Rajman in Boca Raton, Fla.
Three teens accused of murdering an MMA fighter also allegedly robbed him of swords, narcotics and other drugs, according to new documents.
Jace Swinton, 18, Summer Church, 17, and 18-year-old Roberto Ortiz were charged with first-degree murder in the July slaying of mixed martial arts fighter Aaron Rajman, aka ‘The Matzoh Brawler’, according to the Palm Beach Post.
They’re also facing two counts each for home invasion with either a firearm or deadly weapon.
They were booked into the Pam Beach County Jail Friday where they were being held without the possibility of bond.
Though just 16, Summer Church will be tried as an adult in the murder of Aaron Rajman. Her mother confirmed, she made the call acquaintance Rajman, to make sure he was home ahead of the home invasion
25-year-old Mixed Martial Arts fighter Aaron Rajman, was shot after several men entered his home at about 10:30 p.m. July 3, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. A fight broke out and Rajman was shot before the men fled, the Sun Sentinel reported.
According to indictments recently handed down by a grand jury, the trio robbed the 25-year-old athlete of swords, marijuana, narcotics and money from his home in Boca Raton. They also stole a cell phone from a woman named Autumn Matthews, though the documents didn’t indicate her relationship with the victim or her role in the deadly home invasion.
The three murder suspects, who were indicted by a grand jury on Thursday, face a first-degree murder charge and two counts of armed home invasion robbery with a firearm.
MMA fighter Aaron Rajman was shot and killed during a home invasion in Boca Raton, Fla., on July 3
It’s still unclear who shot Rajman after the group made their way into his home around 10:30 p.m. on July 3.
“This was no random act of violence,” Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said in a statement to the newspaper. “Mr. Rajman was targeted by these defendants, and we intend to seek justice for the victim and his family.”
According to the fight website Sherdog, Rajman was a 145-pound featherweight who trained at American Top Team in Coconut Creek and had an amateur record of 8-1.
Rajman made his MMA debut in April 2014 and boasted a 2-2 record as a professional. He was popular for wearing a yarmulke during his matches and representing his Jewish Orthodox background while in the ring. New York born Rajman moved with his family to Florida as a child and had been living in a home west of Boca Raton with his mother, his mother’s aunt and his younger brother.
Prosecutors say the murder of Aaron Rajman [photo], was no ‘random act’, but a targeted, planned event
11th-grader Summer Church was being driven to school by her mother Judith Church in suburban Boca Raton community on the morning of Sept 1, when five unmarked police vehicles intercepted their car and placed her in custody.
Judith Church, Summer’s mother, said F her daughter and Rajman became acquainted when they met in January at a convenience store in Boca Raton. Swinton, who was then dating Summer, also met Rajman and had been to his house.
Defending her daughter, Judith Church said that on the day of the murder, Summer Church was forced at gunpoint by Ortiz and three other unidentified gunmen to call Rajman to see if he was home. Summer Church and a female friend were let out of the getaway vehicle before the gang reached the victim’s home.
Summer did not participate in the shooting, Judith Church said.
“She worked with them [detectives], and gave them as much information as possible,” Judith Church said. “She wasn’t there. To charge her with first-degree murder doesn’t make sense.”
Summer Church’s boyfriend Roberto Ortiz was arrested by in January after he allegedly pointed a gun at a 16-year-old boy in suburban Lake Worth, allegedly punching and kicking a second person and firing a gun at a third.
The state attorney’s office decided not to file charges against Ortiz in that case on Jan. 26.