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Teen Accused Of Killing Mom Ruled Incompetent

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Updated: January 22, 2014

MILTON, Fla. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that a Panhandle teen accused in the Christmas Eve stabbing and bludgeoning death of his mother is incompetent to stand trial.

Circuit Judge John Simon ruled Wednesday on 17-year-old William Brandon Aydelott's mental stability. The teen faces an adult charge of first-degree murder.

The Pensacola News Journal (http://goo.gl/Sj8Dl0 ) reports that Aydelott's criminal proceedings will be delayed but not halted. Aydelott will spend six months at Florida State Hospital. A trial date has been set for July 14.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office says Aydelott confessed to attacking his mother with kitchen knives and a baseball bat after the two had an argument. Sharon Aydelott, a longtime middle school science teacher, died at the scene. The sheriff's office said the teen was found hours later at a nearby home, where he surrendered.


Updated: January 9, 2014

MILTON, Fla. (AP) -- A Panhandle teen accused in the Christmas Eve stabbing and bludgeoning death of his mother has been formally charged with premeditated first-degree murder.

The Pensacola News Journal (http://goo.gl/ZibQpn). reports that a Santa Rosa County grand jury indicted 17-year-old William Brandon Aydelott on Thursday.

Prosecutors had previously charged Aydelott as an adult with second-degree murder but needed a grand jury for the increased charge. Under Florida law, prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty because Aydelott is not 18. The most he can receive is life in prison.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office says Aydelott confessed to attacking his mother with kitchen knives and a baseball bat after the two had an argument. Sharon Aydelott, a longtime middle school science teacher, died at the scene. The sheriff's office said the teen was found hours later at a nearby home, where he surrendered.


GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) -- A Panhandle teen accused in the Christmas Eve stabbing and bludgeoning death of his mother will face charges in adult court.

State Attorney Bill Eddins tells The Associated Press he will file a second-degree murder charge Thursday and request the charge be upgraded to first-degree, premeditated murder by a grand jury in the coming weeks.

William Brandon Aydelott could face life in prison.

Eddins says the 17-year-old boy will be moved out of juvenile custody immediately.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office says the teen confessed to attacking and killing his mother late Tuesday after the two had an argument.


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