Plant City gas station murder suspect denied bond

- Michael Beson's last moments alive were caught on surveillance video.

At a bond hearing Thursday morning, Plant City Detective Chad Rader described the terror caught on tape as Michael and Bonnie Beson were robbed at gun point.

"You see Mr. Beson lean into his vehicle through his open drivers door and you see both suspects immediately run away after the shot they just fired," Rader described in court.

While the video was not shown in court, investigators say it shows the defendant, 19-year-old Xavier Smith, and another gunman try to rob Beson and his wife as they stopped to fill up at a Plant City gas station.

"Mr. Beson ends up stepping back, backing away, as to avoid some type of confrontation," explained Detective Rader.

But it didn't work.

Michael Beson was shot and killed. Both gunmen took off running.

Eventually, police caught up with Xavier Smith, who blamed everything his accomplice.

"Mr. Smith stated he tried to get the other suspect to leave. 'C'mon, lets go,' and then the victim leaned into the car and the other suspect fired once and they both ran away," said Detective Rader.

Later, detectives found a box of ammo and more.

"Several live rounds of .22 caliber that we found [in the] southeast corner of [the] parking lot," Rader described.

Smith cried in court as his public defender, Theda James argued for bond and told the judge he wasn't the killer.

"Once he learned the victim of the shooter died, he showed remorse, fully cooperated, provided details which are corroborated by the physical evidence," James said.

But Hillsborough Circuit Judge John Conrad found the evidence overwhelming and considered Smith a danger to the community.

He was denied bond.

Michael Beson's two grown children, daughter Racquel and son Mike, were relieved.

"I'm happy about it. He shouldn't be out in the street. He's obviously not safe. It's not safe for the community, so I think it was the right decision," said Raquel  Beson.

Mike Beson says his dad would want justice served in this case.

"He was a good man. He didn't deserve it," said Beson.

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