Second suspect, 15, charged in New Year's homicide in Bradenton

ejohnson@bradenton.comJanuary 11, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A second teenager has been charged with murder in Manatee County's first homicide of the year, according to the newly formed countywide Homicide Investigations Unit.

Jimmy Rivers, 15, was arrested Friday after turning himself in. Danny Waiters, 17, was arrested Jan. 3.

"He (Rivers) knew we were looking for him," said Dave Bristow, sheriff's office spokesman.

Both are charged with murder in the Jan. 1 shooting that killed Paul Grieco, 19, and injured a 20-year-old man. The State Attorney's Office will decide if the teenagers will be prosecuted as adults.

Grieco and two men went to a Chevron gas station at 1832 Manatee Ave. E. at about 8:30 p.m. on New Year's Day. Waiters, Rivers and another person, who has not been charged allegedly approached a vehicle occupied by Grieco and his friends.

During the exchange, multiple shots were fired through the window of the victims' vehicle, according to the sheriff's office. Detectives believe the shooting may have been drug-related.

"We think we have the two people who were primarily involved," Bristow said, adding that Waiters and Rivers were both allegedly armed.

Grieco was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Another victim with non-life-threatening injuries was taken to Blake Medical Center, where detectives interviewed him about the incident. He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering, Bristow said. The third victim fled the scene.

This ongoing investigation is being led by a Bradenton police detective and is the first slaying to be worked by the Manatee County Homicide Investigations Unit, which launched the same day.

"Everyone is pleased that we were able to make arrests quickly in this," Bristow said. "The arrests may have been made regardless, but certainly with the homicide unit we have more people working the case, more backup and more resources. Hopefully every (investigation) will go as smoothly as this one in the future."

Waiters and Rivers are in custody at the Manatee County juvenile detention center.

Elizabeth Johnson, Herald crime reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter@EJohnsonBHcrime.

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