The woman who allegedly instigated the killing of a Florida Burger King worker has now been formally charged in the Orlando man’s death.
Desmond Armond Joshua, 22, was shot to death at the fast food restaurant on Sunday night. Authorities had charged Kelvis Rodriguez, 37, in the killing.
Now, Ashley Mason, 31, has been arrested on on charges of principal to first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
“Ashley Mason stated she went to the Burger King to purchase food for her family and subsequently ordered several items totaling $33.11. She subsequently said she waited in the drive-through line, unable to leave, for a long time,” an arrest affidavit provided to Oxygen.com stated.
Witnesses have said the restaurant was backed up and that Mason was allegedly threatening the employees for the long wait.
“She felt as if the crew was being disrespectful and unprofessional. She noted her husband, Kelvis Rodriguez, was on the phone with her during the interaction and told her he was coming to the Burger King to ‘talk to them,’” the affidavit stated.
Mason received a refund but was asked to leave the Burger King. Mason told investigators she left, but returned to the scene after learning Rodriguez had left home in his work truck, according to the affidavit.
After arriving at the scene, Rodriguez allegedly got into a fight with Joshua in the restaurant’s parking lot before fatally shooting him and driving off, police have said.
“Based on the various witness testimony from the Burger King employees, Ashley Mason armed herself with the handgun and pointed it in the direction of the physical fight between Kelvis Rodriguez and Desmond Joshua, Jr. and the people around it,” authorities said in the affidavit.
Authorities went on to allege Mason handed the gun to Rodriguez when he asked for it and stated he intended to shoot Joshua.
Mason was in court Thursday, where her lawyer said that Rodriguez was her long-term boyfriend — not her husband as police had stated in the affidavit. A judge ordered Mason to be held without bond on the charges, Click Orlando reported.