WEST PALM BEACH, FLORDIA – On Tuesday, a 26-year-old man was arrested for murdering a mother and her 11-year-old daughter in their Florida home last Thursday.
Marlin Larice Joseph, who was on the run for four days before he was caught. He is accused of shooting Kaladaa Crowell, 36, and her daughter Kyra Inglett, 11, to death, because of the young girl’s ‘bad attitude.’
Marshals arrested Joseph at around 11:15 a.m. in an apartment complex near Federal Highway and Hypoluxo Road, Palm Beach Post reported.
U.S. Marshals arrested Joseph two hours after they first arrested his cousin, Javarie Williams. Authorities were able to track Joseph down through his ATM card transactions.
On Tuesday morning, authorities were notified that one of Joseph’s credit cards was being used again — that time at a Lantana gas station.
U.S. Marshals and West Palm Beach homicide investigators surrounded the gas station on South Dixie Highway in Lantana and watched Williams, the one reportedly using the card, leave the store. He made it into a white BMW, which had been reported stolen out of Lantana, before authorities detained him.
Williams reportedly kicked his cousin’s card under the BMW when it fell out of his pocket. He swore he didn’t use the card, or even know Joseph.
“How could I use a card I don’t know the PIN for?” Williams reportedly said.
But authorities say he know the PIN for his cousin’s card and used it to take out money for Joseph, who he had been hiding in his apartment for days.
Marlin Larice Joseph, was arrested on two first-degree murder charges.
He had been on the run since Dec. 28 after the shootings at a home at 822 3rd Street.
Upset over an 11-year-old’s “bad attitude,” Marlin Larice Joseph gunned down the girl’s mother, then chased the elementary-school student outside and killed her, recently released West Palm Beach police records show.
Police records indicate Crowell and Joseph, who also lived in the 822 Third St. home, had argued that day about the way Kyra “was not getting along with the other children who lived in the home.”
Joseph claimed the 11-year-old, a fifth-grade student at Northboro Elementary School in West Palm Beach, “had a bad attitude,” according to an arrest report.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Joseph’s brother said Joseph walked out of the bedroom they shared. Seconds later, the brother heard a gunshot and found Crowell sitting on the ground.
“Please call 911,” the mother pleaded, according to the police report.
Joseph’s brother ran out the front door and saw another brother wrestling with Joseph.
The second brother told authorities he heard gunfire, then saw Joseph run out of the home behind Kyra and shoot her. Police say the 11-year-old was shot in the head and the right forearm.
The brother grabbed Joseph, trying to keep him from running off, according to a police report.
A third brother, who also saw Joseph shoot Kyra, said Joseph got loose, ran back inside the home, fired at least two more shots, then fled in Crowell’s car.
Crowell died at the scene. Her daughter was still alive when authorities found her lying on the walkway in front of the home but died later that night at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ordered the cousins not have contact with each other. Joseph is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without the possibility of posting bond. Williams bail is set at $50,000.
Joseph’s relatives declined to answer questions Wednesday morning as they left the court room. Some made obscene gestures and uttered profanities as they walked past reporters gathered outside the court.
Joseph’s mother, Robin Denson, who was dating the woman her son reportedly killed and considered herself a stepmother to the girl, tearfully pleaded for her son to turn himself in the day before his arrest.
Denson said she was outside the West Palm Beach home Thursday evening when her son allegedly fired fatal shots into Kaladaa Crowell, 36, and her 11-year-old daughter, Kyra Inglett.
“Kaladaa was the sweetest person,” Denson said. “She’d give the shirt off her back to help anybody. … She was my girlfriend and that was our home.”
“I love my son, but I loved Kyra and Kaladaa, too.”
Police said Crowell and Joseph had been arguing that day about Kyra’s bad attitude, and how she wasn’t getting along with the other children who lived in the home.
Joseph had moved in with Crowell ten months ago after serving time in jail for battery on a child (BATT ON CHILD-BODY FLUIDS).
He served less than a year in prison for that charge. The prison time resulted from a 2013 case wherein he was accused of engaging in lewd behavior with a 13-year-old girl when he was 22.
Marlin now faces the DEATH PENALTY if convicted.