Murder suspect Elijah Stansell, 18, allegedly borrowed a maintenance van from his father’s church
The Pastor’s son is indicted on murder charges for ‘killing his love rival’s mother by running her over with a church van’
Stansell allegedly ran over Suzette Penton, 52, outside her home in polk City, Florida on Nov 9
Penton’s teenage son Hunter used to date Elijah’s girlfriend Kimberly Stone, 15, before she moved on Stansell six months earlier
Stone was suspended from school after she threatened Hunter she woud come over with her new boyfriend and give him a beating
She linked up with her boyfriend and two other friends drove to the Penton house to beat up Hunter
School librarian Suzette Pentgon arrived home to find three of the teens beating her son inside her home while one filmed
She chased them out of the house and back to their van
She stood in front of the van recording them and Stansell allegedly ran her over
Kimberly Stone, 15, Stansell’s girlfriend who had allegedly told him to drive to Hunter Penton’s house, has been charged with attempted murder as an adult
The other teens, Raven Sutton, 16, and 14-year-old Hannah Eubanks have been charged with accessory after the fact
They’re now being turned over to adult court
A Florida teenager has been indicted on murder charges for allegedly killing his love rival’s mother by running her over in a church maintenance van that he’d been given permission to use by his pastor father.
Elijah Stansell, 18, is one of four teenagers charged over the death of the death of Suzette Penton in Polk City, Florida, on November 9.
The instigator Kimberly Stone, 15, has been charged with attempted murder as an adult.
Raven Sutton, 16, and Hannah Eubanks, 14, are also charged but with lesser crimes as accessories after the fact.
Initially all four teens were arrested and charged with felony attempted murder and burglary with assault.
They went to Suzette’s home to attack her son, Hunter, it is alleged. Stone and Hunter Penton previously dated but broke up six months ago and she moved on with Stansell.
At a press conference earlier this month, Polk County Sheriff Grady Rudd said ‘He used the church van that was intended for good, and used it for evil.
‘He needs to go to prison.’
This is the moment Elijah Stansell allegedly ran over Suzette Penton outside her home. The critically injured grandmother died in the hospital on Monday, about three weeks later. Stansell is charged with murder
Suzetten Penton, 52, died in the hospital on Monday.
She had come home to find 18-year-old Elijah Stansell beating up her teenage son and ran out of the house to take photos of him and his accomplices to later give police when she was mowed down.
Investigators said that Stansell, who was the ringleader of the group, and the three others went to the home of Hunter Penton in Polk City, which lies about 40 miles southwest of Orlando, around 2:50pm on Nov 9
The teens were inside and allegedly beating him up when Hunter’s mother 52-year-old Penton, a school librarian and mother-of-four, arrived home and chased them out of the house.
The four teens then got into their van but before they fled, Elijah Stansell, who was behind the wheel, ran her over, it is alleged.
The horrific scene was captured on video by a witness.
Suzette spent three weeks in the hospital in critical condition but died on Monday.
Initially, all of the kids were charged with attempted murder but Elijah Stansell was later charged with murder.
Kimberly Stone, Stansell’s 15-year-old girlfriend who had allegedly told him to drive to Hunter Penton’s house, has been charged with attempted murder as an adult
The two other teens , Raven Sutton and Hannah Eubanks, who were being charged as juveniles, are now being turned over to adult court.
They have now formally been indicted by a grand jury on charges including burglary of an occupied dwelling with battery or assault, conspiracy to commit burglary and accessory after the fact.
According to police, Kimberly had been fighting with Hunter for months.
Their arguing became so bad that Kimberly was suspended from school.
‘They were talking trash to each other… it was so bad that the school system had warned Kimberly – they suspended her for her outrageous conduct,’ Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference on Tuesday.
‘She, in some of her rants and arguing back and forth, just said, “well I’ll get my boyfriend and we’ll come beat you up.”
‘After school, that day she was suspended, she gets with her best friend, Hannah Eubanks, and another by the name of Raven Sutton, they get with Elijah [Stansell], and he drives the van to hunter Penton’s house.’
She directed him to the house in a van that Elijah had been told he could use by the church where his father is a pastor.
Once at the Penton house, the quartet forced their way inside.
Stansell allegedly started beating Hunter and Raven, the other boy, piled in while Hannah filmed. Suzette then arrived home unexpectedly and forced them out.
She also took photos and videos of them with her own cellphone to give to the police later.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Rudd on Tuesday giving more details about the shocking case.
As the beloved school librarian and mother of four sons stood in the street taking the pictures, Stansell, who was driving, allegedly, plowed into her, mowing her down.
A witness who called 911 said: ‘I’m trying to stay back. I don’t know if these people have a gun. They just mowed that poor lady down.’
Police named all of the teenagers after charging them and said they were disgusted by the violence committed.
‘This was a coordinated, planned attack, carried out by a group of teens who beat up a teen then ran over his mother, leaving her for dead.
‘I can’t even fathom teenagers doing something so heinous. Our prayers are with this family,’ Sheriff Judd said.