A Florida senior student who attends Umatilla High School is accused of trying to hire two different people to kill her parents. She was caught when one of those paid off turned her in.
UMATILLA — Lake County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Umatilla High School senior Monday evening and accused her of paying two people, including a fellow student, to kill her parents.
The girl, 17, was reported to a school resource deputy by a student who said one of her friends confided in her that she'd been paid "a lot of money" to find and hire someone to kill the girl's parents, according to an incident report by the resource deputy. The friend reportedly received a text later from the girl saying she found someone else for the murder and that she just needed a place to stay.
According to a Lake County arrest affidavit, the girl's boyfriend also came forward and told investigators that he had seen her at a known drug house Monday morning, and that she told him then that she wanted to kill her parents.
The affidavit said she got the money from a debit card she stole from her parents. According to a Umatilla Police Department case report, her parents discovered the money missing Sunday and called the police. That was the same day the first witness found out about her plot to kill her parents.
The girl was arrested and charged for that theft separate from the LCSO investigation.
The girl made two transactions after stealing the card: one to withdraw $503 and one for $926.40.
In an interview with Lake County detectives, the girl allegedly revealed she spent $100 of the first transaction on cocaine and gave the rest to her friend at school. After the friend didn’t appear to hire anyone for her, she made the second transaction and gave it to a man she did not identify.
According to Fred Jones with the Lake County Sheriff's Office, investigators believe they know who the man was and are attempting to contact him. They do not believe the girl's parents to be in any danger, but they are taking extra precautions in the meantime.
Both parents signed their intent to prosecute.
The girl was arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail to be processed. She was then turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
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