Three teens charged in death of Orthodox MMA fighter

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September 2, 2017 01:11

The youngest of the three, a 16-year-old girl, will be tried as an adult.

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters.

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A 16-year-old girl and two 18-year-old males have been charged in the death of Jewish MMA fighter Aaron Rajman.

Summer Church, Roberto Ortiz and Jace Swinton were booked at the Palm Beach County, Florida jail on Friday after each having been indicted by a grand jury the day before.

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The three will face first-degree murder charges.

Church, though legally a minor, will be tried as an adult. Her mother told the Sun Sentinel, a local newspaper, that her daughter was being treated ''as a pawn'' and that the girl was ''held at gunpoint'' during the crime. The mother did admit that her daughter and Rajman were friends. 

Police reports did not originally indicate that a female was involved in the crime, noting only that two males were the culprits.

Rajman was shot to death in early July following a fight that broke out after two men entered his home. The Orthodox Jew, who grew up attending Chabad, was 25-years-old at the time of his death.

Rajman, in addition to teaching at a local Jewish school, taught self defense to children and Krav Maga to local police.

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