Florida teenager charged with murder for “killing the mother of his romantic rival”
Elijah Stansell, 18, is one of four teenagers charged with the death of Suzette Penton in Polk City, Fla. On November 9.
A Florida teenager has been charged with murder for allegedly killing his romantic rival’s mother by running over her in a church maintenance van his pastor father had allowed him to use.
Elijah Stansell, 18, is one of four teenagers indicted in the death of Suzette Penton in Polk City, Fla. On November 9.
Raven Sutton, 16, Kimberly Stone, 15, and Hannah Eubanks, 14, are also charged, but with less serious crimes.
They went to Suzette’s home to attack her son, Hunter, it is alleged. Kimberly and Hunter were previously dating but broke up six months ago and she left with Elijah.
Police said there was still a “dispute” over the romances unfolding on social media and included threatening Elijah with Hunter.
On November 9, Kimberly was suspended from their school because teachers discovered her threatening messages against her. In revenge, she and her friends reportedly went to Hunter’s home to ambush him.
Stansell was the driver and he used a van owned by his pastor’s father’s church.
At a press conference earlier this month, Polk County Sheriff Grady Rudd said: “He used the church van that was meant for good and used it for evil. .
“He has to go to jail.
It was at this moment that Elijah Stansell allegedly crushed Suzette Penton in front of her house. She died in hospital Monday. She had come home to find Elijah beating her teenage son and ran out of the house to take pictures of him and his accomplices to later give to the police when she was broke.
Suzette Penton, 52, died on Monday, three weeks after being crushed outside her home by teenagers who had come forward to attack her teenage son Hunter (shown together) She chased them out of the house and down the street where they got into their van and mowed her down
The teens were inside and allegedly beat him up when Hunter’s mother Suzette, 52, a school librarian and mother of four, arrived at the house and kicked them out of the house.
Kimberly Stone, Elijah’s 15-year-old girlfriend who allegedly told him to drive to Hunter Penton’s house. She was charged with attempted murder as an adult
The four teenagers then got into their van, but before fleeing, Elijah – who was driving – knocked her down, it is alleged. It was filmed by a witness who watched in horror.
Suzette spent three weeks in hospital in critical condition but died on Monday.
Initially all of the children were charged with attempted murder, but Elijah was later charged with murder and the other three, who were charged as minors, are now being handed over to adult court.
They have now been formally indicted by a grand jury on charges of burglary of an occupied home with bodily harm, conspiracy to commit burglary and aiding and abetting after the fact.
According to police, Kimberly had been fighting with Hunter for months.
Their argument got so bad that Kimberly was suspended from school.
“They were talking about trash… it was so bad the school system warned Kimberly – they suspended her for her outrageous behavior,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a conference. press Tuesday.
Raven Sutton, 16, also joined in the attack, hitting Hunter, while Hannah Eubanks – the youngest in the group and the only one with a criminal record – filmed it on her cell phone.
Pictures released by police show the teens attacking Hunter inside his home before his mother returns
“She, in some of her ranting and arguing, just said, ‘Well, I’m going to get my boyfriend and we’ll come and beat you. “
“After school that day she was hung up, she’s with her best friend, Hannah Eubanks, and another named Raven Sutton, they’re with Elijah and he’s driving the van to the house of the Penton hunter. “
She led him home in a van that Elijah had been told he could use by the church where his father is pastor.
Once at the Penton house, the children forced their way inside. Elijah allegedly started beating Hunter and Raven, the other boy, crowded together during the filming of Hannah. Suzette then arrived home unexpectedly and forced them out.
She also took photos and videos of them with her own cell phone to hand them over to the police later.
Three of the four teenagers are shown at the scene. The boys wore masks but Hannah Eubanks, who filmed it, did not
Suzette with three of her four sons. She was also a beloved school librarian and a grandmother
As she stood in the street taking the photos, Elijah – who was driving – allegedly ran into her, mowing her down.
A witness who called 911 said, “I’m trying to stay behind. I don’t know if these people have a gun. They just broke that poor lady.
Police named all the teenagers after charging them and said they were disgusted by the violence.
“It was a coordinated and planned attack, carried out by a group of teenagers who beat a teenager and then crushed his mother, leaving her for dead.
“I can’t even imagine teenagers doing something so heinous. Our prayers are with this family, ”said Sheriff Judd.
Penton was a librarian at a local school.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Rudd gave more details on the shocking case on Tuesday