A “depressed” teenager from the US state of Florida is facing charged of soliciting murder, after he “hired” his classmate to kill his family in a mock-burglary.
Police arrested the 14-year-old in Port St Lucie on Sunday after his father discovered a note calling for his murder, as well as that of the boy’s brother and stepmother in exchange $1,200, according to police.
The note was signed by the boy and his friend who had agreed to the deal.
It read: “I [name redacted] will be hitman for hire for [defendant's name redacted] to murder [names redacted.”
“I am aware that if I do not go through with it I will not get paid. Money in question we agreed upon was 1200 dollars. I will leave in an hour or two within the murder,” it concludes.
The teenager told detectives that he planned for his friend to come to his home and shoot his family members, and blame their deaths on burglars.
He added that he had planned to be in his room during the crime, and to and would run over to a neighbour’s house and have them call the police.
When detectives interviewed the teen’s friend, he admitted to signing the makeshift document, but said that he thought it was a joke.
The friend went on to say that that after signing the contract about two weeks ago, he forgot about it and never had any intent to carry out a plan to kill his friend’s family.
The boy told police that he had been grounded for getting bad grades. Police wrote in an arrest note that the teenager had been depressed and wanted to hurt himself, but had no specific plans.
“The defendant stated that he has had a ‘built up anger’ towards them (his family) and he wanted his family killed,” the document reads. “He did tell me that he has thought about killing his family in the past, but was unsure how he would carry it out.”
In April 2014, the boy had taken a knife to school and threatened to kill classmates, the teen’s dad told police, the New York Daily News reported.
The boy, who had not gathered any cash or gotten a gun to use in the crime, has since been arrested and charged with soliciting first degree murder.
The other teen will not face charges, Port St. Lucie spokesman Sgt. Frank Sabol told the New York Daily News.Reuse content