First-Degree Murder After Track Practice

***READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***

Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a joyous holiday. My hubby and I had a marvelous time visit our daughter and her family in Missouri (we live in California).

This week, you may have heard four of the five high school boys who made the news in November 2018, for the alleged hazing incident where boys were sexually assaulted in the locker room are being charged as adults. I’m sure the families of these boys were shocked by the allegation and now frightened their children may go to prison.

Sadly, this is not an isolated case. You may have missed two posts I did on similar crimes. I’ll be sure to summarize the outcome of the current case once it’s known.

High School Hazing  

Shock and Horror at the Basketball Tournament  

BLOG POST #169: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving three high school students—one male and two females.

If you’re like me, when an amber alert is issued for a missing child it makes you fearful for the outcome. Too often the outcome is horrific. Just this week, law enforcement found the body of the missing girl from North Carolina. My heart hurts for her family and loved ones.

Friend Or Foe?

When a 16-year-old girl was a few hours late returning home from school and track practice, she was reported missing. Two days later, someone involved in the search found her body in a shallow grave a few miles outside of town in an undeveloped area.

She had received text messages from a long-time male friend and classmate who needed help with a project, and he’d pick her up after track practice. He was seen picking her up the afternoon she disappeared.

She was driven to a remote location and brutally beaten, stabbed, and her throat was slashed. Then she was left in a shallow grave to die.

Driven By Jealousy?

The girlfriend, age 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and boyfriend, age 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Both made plea agreements to avoid the death penalty. Both were sentenced to life in prison.

Based on journal entries from the boy’s girlfriend at the time, she was insecure and jealous of the 16-year-old. However, there was no apparent reason for their actions given during their trials.

Remorseful?

At his sentencing, the boy repeatedly said he didn’t know why he did what he did and apologized to her family.

After the boy made his apologies, the district court judge said, “I don’t believe you. You were the main perpetrator of the murder… You always had the ability to stop the wheels of this murder you put into motion.”

What are your thoughts about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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