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Deputies: Leon County student accused of trying to solicit murder of another teen

Posted at 1:15 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 06:06:04-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 15-year-old student has been charged with solicitation to commit murder after Leon County deputies say he asked another teen to murder a fellow student.

On Wednesday morning, the Leon County Sheriff's office says administrators with Success Academy at Ghazvini Learning Center made their school resource deputy aware of a student who asked another student at a different local school to kill a fellow Ghazvini student.

The 15-year-old accused of setting up the murder attempt was in the administration office about a separate issue. While in the office, one of the administrators saw texts on accused teen’s phone with the words “kill her.”

The texts were sent to a 14-year-old student at a different school, via private messenger, on a social media platform.

When questioned by Leon County Sheriff’s Office detectives, the teen said he was talking with the victim, a 14-year-old girl, he knew at his school and the victim made statements making fun of accused teen’s dead brother.

The accused teen said it angered him and he asked another 14-year-old female from a separate Leon County School to kill her on Tuesday. Deputies say he gave the second student with a picture of the victim and her home address, saying “shoot her house up I want her dead.”

On Wednesday, the accused 15-year-old followed up and sent messages to the second female asking, “Y u didn’t handle it.” When she responded that she “couldn’t find a ride,” the accused teen answered back, “send someone to do it….I don’t want her here anymore I want her dead or (expletive) up.”

The student who was asked to carry out the attack told law enforcement she had no intention of following through.

Detectives spoke with the victim in this investigation and she stated she knew the accused teen but was unsure why he was mad enough to do this.

Based on the evidence, the accused teen was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center and charged with solicitation to commit capital felony (murder).

Due to his age, we have chosen not to identify him.

ABC 27 spoke with Deputy Dave Teems about this incident and he said "It's important for administrators and parents themselves to know what's going on with their kids. It really takes all of us to get together to make sure things are going the way they need to go. We want to make sure our kids are as safe as possible."

A spokesperson for Leon County Schools released a statement saying ”We are thankful for our law enforcement partners and our school administrators...Violence, or the threat of violence, will not be tolerated on our campuses.”