FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Sunday, the Fort Myers Police Department arrested 19-year-old Antawone James of Fort Myers for second degree murder.
Police have evidence that James killed 20-year-old Armando Pagan in December. Police have learned that the murder took place during a robbery involving drugs.
The murder happened at Palm Vista Apartments, located at 3742 Central Avenue.
Only WINK cameras were there on February 6 when police arrested James for illegal possession of a weapon. His car was pulled over on SR 82 in what police called a felony take-down.
Pagan's wife Liza Rivera tells WINK News exclusively, she knows nothing will bring her husband back, but now she can breathe a small sigh of relief.
"My anger and upsetness was he's out there, they are out there and my husband is gone and they are over there probably just partying. That just didn't sit well in my heart. Now he's in jail and he can sit there and think about what he did to me and to his brother and sisters to his parents, gives me a little more happiness," she says.
"I was with him for almost 5 years. My everyday lifestyle was up and down with him so to get used to not sleeping next to him and waking up with him, I have my good days and I have my bad," she adds.
Now her focus is on their unborn son, due on March 30th. Rivera says that's Armando's birthday, and she'll name the baby Armando II. "I know that's what he always wanted so I'm not gonna say I don't love my son, I already love him to death and he's not even in my hands yet, but it's not as exciting as it was when he was around because my excitement was to see him hold his son, so it made the whole pregnancy more fun."
At the time of the murder, Rivera said she thought someone may have targeted her husband, but she says she doesn't know the man arrested for the crime. "There's a lot of he said, she said, a lot of stories but I stay out of it. It's not good for me to get involved."
She says her husband was a family man. "It's like a big gap now that we have to go through everyday."