Officials said a 30-year-old man invited to live on family properties in Northeast Florida is accused of premeditated “brutal” first-degree murders against their two young sons, ages 12 and 14.
“I can tell you, I’ve been working in the criminal justice system since 1980 and these are some of the most brutal murders I have ever heard of,” Attorney General R. Larisa said during a press conference. “He ruthlessly attacked these two children.”
Putnam County Sheriff H.D. Gator DeLuch said Wilson used a knife and a hammer in the attack. He said that both weapons have been found.
Mark Wilson Jr., less than 48 hours after the mother discovered the bodies of Robert Baker, 12, and Titan Baker, 14, were arrested at home by the mother. “Crocodile” DeLoach.
Shareef said the family moved from Polk County to Melrose, south of Jacksonville, 16 days earlier to be closer to the family. The bakers invited Wilson and his girlfriend to live in a shed on their property.
Al-Sharif said, “They did a lot to help them, and unfortunately, it ended up killing Robert and Titan.”
Wilson has a long history of drug and property crime, but no previous arrests for violent crime. DeLuch said that investigators are still working to determine the motive behind the killings, adding that they have already discovered “important” evidence in the case.
Sharif said the boy’s mother and younger brother were not injured in the attacks. Their father was a long haul truck driver who was not home at the time.
Wilson is expected to have his first hearing on Saturday. Court records did not mention Wilson’s attorney.