Recently, the Polk County Sherriff’s Office released new details in the Dillen Murray case, the teen who beat to death his 15-year-old friend with a baseball bat and left his body in the woods. According to the authorities, the teen’s gruesome murder was partly fueled by jealousy.
Lake Wales Teen Had Criminal Record, Sheriff Confirms
Grady Judd, the Polk County Sherriff, declared during a press conference that there are many aspects to take into account in Murray’s investigation.
Although relatives and friends claim that the Lake Wales teen killed his friend, 15-year-old Giovanni Diaz after he caught him flirting with a girl he fell in love with, Grady believes that Murray’s criminal record and violent behavior outweigh the jealousy theory.
According to various documents made public by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Murray’s violent tendencies began surfacing at the beginning of 2016, when he committed at the Juvenile Assessment Center for punching Diaz at school and slapping a girl on the school bus.
One year later, Murray would have a second encounter with the law after his father claimed his son attacked him and threw him against a wall.
Last Monday, Murray sent Diaz several text messages, urging him to come to an area of the woods called ‘the rock’ to spend some time together. Diaz replied to the first text message and ignored the rest.
Allegedly, when the teen arrived, he saw Murray with the baseball bat and asked him if he intended to beat him. The Lake Wales teen first told the investigators that he hit Diaz in self-defense but later confessed to hitting him repeatedly after he learned that Diaz was ‘hitting’ on a girl he fell in love with.
Following the completion of the investigation, Sheriff Judd recommended Murray be trialed as an adult.
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