A teenage boy from St. Petersburg is facing murder charges after deputies say he fatally stabbed his grandmother in cold blood last week.
According to authorities, a 13-year-old boy and his 12-year-old half-brother were staying at the home of their 56-year-old grandmother last week. Per the police report, the younger brother was awaken by the sounds of screaming and other loud noises in the kitchen. Upon entering the kitchen, the younger brother said he found his elder sibling with cuts on his hands and red marks on his body.
Police say the elder brother told his younger brother not to call 9-1-1, as he had done something bad and needed time to think about it. Authorities were ultimately alerted, and they say they arrived at the scene in the pre-dawn hours to find the grandmother suffering from several stab wounds.
Few other details have been released about the case due to the defendant’s young age. However, detectives say he had no prior criminal record nor any record of disciplinary action at his middle school. Detectives have yet to comment on a possible motive for the slaying.
The defendant was arrested last week and charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors say he will remain in juvenile detention while they consider whether to charge him as an adult or as a juvenile.
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