After losing several thousand dollars in a card game, a 21-year-old Florida man has been charged with first-degree murder after setting a man's car on fire with him inside.
According to authorities, Michael Psilakis was angry about losing the card game and set the winner's car on fire in October, the Associated Press reports. The deceased, whose name won't be released due to a state constitutional amendment that protects the identities of victims, was "burned beyond recognition in his car."
According to a witness that played cards with the two men, Psilakis lost $1,000 in a card game with the victim, and tried to play another game to get his money back. He instead lost an additional $2,500. Spectrum News Bay News 9 reports that Psilakis sent a text message to the witness asking if he should go ahead and just kill the victim.
The 21-year-old is also facing several charges along with murder, including resisting arrest, grand theft of a motor vehicle and premeditated homicide. He was arrested at his mother's house, where a stolen gun was found inside a car he stole. Authorities searched his cell phone and found that he googled things like “can u shoot through a seat”, “can a bullet go through seat”, “someone shot through car seat”, and “how to treat burns," according to Spectrum News Bay News 9.
“I think it’s best for the people who have been hurt and have lost a loved one and for my family, being hurt because we lost a loved one, that everything just kind of goes through the courses at this point,” Psilakis' mother told the news outlet, after refusing to give an interview.
Psilakis is currently being held without bond.