A Florida teenager charged with murder in connection with his grandmother’s killing reportedly told police he stabbed his relative “too many times to count” the night she died. The young man faces the crime as an adult but does not face the death penalty.
On Tuesday, October 4, a Brevard County grand jury indicted Jaylin Christian for first-degree first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Muriel Emerson, his 57-year-old grandmother, on Wednesday, September 7. The grand jury heard testimony from several agencies working on the case, including a Brevard County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigator, a Brevard Medical Examiner, and a Rockledge Police detective, before filing an indictment.
Everyone helped put together an impressive case to indict the teenager.
According to a press release from the district attorney (18th Judicial Circuit Brevard and Seminole County), the sheriff’s office texted 911, which routed them to the 600 Clearlake Road area in Cocoa, Florida.
Upon arriving at the scene, two deputies found the 16-year-old, who told them he had stabbed Emerson to death at their home on South Carolina Ave, west of Fiske Boulevard, in Rockledge, Fla., about five miles away.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Rockledge Police Department and sent them to check on the woman, and the release proceeded. Once inside, they found the elderly woman dead.
According to CBS affiliate WKMG, a police report states that Emerson was killed in her kitchen and that officers found her body wrapped in a blanket and surrounded by a pool of blood.
Law & Crime quoted Rockledge Police Chief Joseph LaSata as saying, “The city witnessed a heinous crime. It has been calculated. It was brutal.”
The coroner ruled that her death was “homicide resulting from multiple sharp force injuries” and the teenager was later charged with murder.
Christian was arrested near a gas station in Cocoa after officers found him sitting on the ground, allegedly with cuts on one of his hands and bloodstains on his shirt. When they started talking to him about the murder, he told them he didn’t know how many times he stabbed his grandmother.
The police report states that he replied: “Too many to count.”
An investigation revealed that this household had problems looming throughout the day.
Earlier in the day, he was absent from school and called 911 to let them know he had run away. The police caught him and took him to the police station. They called his grandmother, who he had been staying with for less than a month, and she came and picked him up and brought him to her house.
Within hours he killed her.
The teenager told cops he was having homicidal thoughts, prompting him to get the knife from the kitchen. He then went to his grandmother’s office, ClickOrlando reports, but Emerson tried to run away. He stabbed her until the first knife broke. After the weapon was no longer usable, he got another knife and continued the attack.
LaSata described the guns as “big knives”.
In an affidavit accompanying the arrest, Christian told officers he secured some belongings, stole some of the grandmother’s money and her briefcase, and then took a picture of her body before wrapping it in the blanket. When he finished covering her body, he left – only to contact the authorities to confess to them what had happened.
Two days later, on Friday, September 9, Judge Christina Serrano ordered Christian placed in “safe juvenile detention,” where he remained pending indictment.
Christian has now been charged as an adult and his case has been formally transferred from the Juvenile Court to the District Court. The teen is “transferred to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on No Bond.”
According to court documents, the young man pleaded not guilty.
He remains in custody until his trial. His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday November 16th.
While he will be tried as an adult, the prosecutor will not seek the death penalty in this case.
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