Dead body in closet leads to adult charges for Tampa teen

1:36 PM, Sep 29, 2009   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - A 16-year-old is now charged, as an adult, with first degree murder.

Amer Ali Ejak appeared by video from Falkenburg Road Jail in a Hillsborough County courtroom. Ejak listened as Judge Walter Heinrich told him he would "be treated as an adult from this point forward."

Ejak was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly hitting 34-year-old Thomas Johannesen in the head with a whiskey bottle, then placing a plastic bag over Johannesen's head smothering him.

The crime came unraveled, police say, when Ejak and co-defendant Christopher Cox, 22, asked several friends if they would like to see a dead body. One of those friends called police.

Deputies found the body of Johannesen in a closet of his Oak Ramble apartment.

Ejak is being held without bond. His next court hearing is set for October 1st.

Multimedia Journalist Larry Perkins, 10connects

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