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Gulf Breeze teen accused of murdering mother appears in court
SANTA ROSA COUNTY - A Gulf Breeze teenager accused of murdering his mother faced a judge Friday. 17 year-old William Brandon Aydelott was told he's going to be tried as an adult in his mother's murder.
Investigators say Sharon Aydelott was stabbed several times and was beaten with a baseball bat on Tuesday night. William Aydelott was arrested a few hours later and deputies say he confessed to the crime.
Brandon Aydelott, shackled and smirking in a Santa Rosa County courtroom, was told he's going to be tried as an adult in his mother's murder.
"This is technically gonna take it out of the juvenile system and place it into the adult system," said Judge John F. Simon Jr., who presided over the hearing.
Brandon is now being transferred from juvenile facilities to the Santa Rosa County Jail. He's officially charged with second degree murder and accused of brutally killing his mother at her Gulf Breeze home.
State Attorney Bill Eddins says he'll ask a grand jury to indict Brandon on a charge of premeditated first degree murder early next month.
"It's just unbelievable," said Randy Renfroe, Brandon's baseball coach at Gulf Breeze High School.
Renfroe gets choked up as he talked about the case. He says he knew Brandon's parents had been going through a divorce, but says he saw no signs that Brandon would be capable of murder.
"The only thing I know is that he was back and forth with mom and dad," Renfroe said, "That's the only thing I knew. And that's one of the things we talked about because I wanted to make sure his school was going okay because he was a bright kid. He had bright futures, had a high grade point average and was going to be eligible to go to college and play."
Brandon had reportedly been staying at a friend's house near his mother's home on Crane Cove Boulevard on and off since September. And some classmates we spoke with off camera say Brandon and his mother had been having problems recently. Investigators say the two were arguing before she was murdered.
"It just certainly was not ever seen in that type of kid that kind of anger," Renfroe said, "And I pray for him."
Brandon Aydelott faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. Although he'll be tried as an adult, he cannot be sentenced to death because he's under 18.
Aydelott's first appearance in adult court is scheduled on Saturday. That's when a judge will decide whether or not to grant bail. A date for his arraignment will also be set.