Port St. Lucie teen accused of hiring hit man to kill family remains in custody

Published: Mar. 11, 2015 at 6:02 PM EDT
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A 14-year-old Treasure Coast teen, accused of hiring a hit man to kill his family, remains in custody at a local juvenile detention center.

It was previously reported that the teen would have a court hearing on Wednesday but charges have not been filed by the state. A new hearing is scheduled for March 16.

Prosecutors said no formal charges have been filed, and his case is still under review.

Police said the student wrote out a contract to kill his parents. State attorney representatives say the teen's case is still under review.

Treasure Coast High School students were shocked to learn that one of their classmates actually wanted his family dead. "I was just like, 'wow' that's crazy," said senior Jean Prevalon.

Students are learning a classmate wrote a contract to have his parents killed, according to Port St. Lucie Police.

Jean said he heard about the murder-for-hire case during sixth period. "Well, I was doing my work, and then a kid was talking, a freshman wrote a note about wanting to kill his parents," said Prevalon. "I was like why would someone want to kill his parents for getting mad."

Parents who were waiting outside, also jarred hearing what the local teen did.

Richard Hageman was picking up his daughter. "I was shock that a kid could think of something like that, killing your parents. I'm just overwhelmed with it," said Hageman.

Police say the teen who wrote the letter did have a history of mental issues and was getting help.

Experts advise the signs of problems to look for in teens. "When we start to see other things, they changed their friends, their grades have dropped, they're staying out, not minding curfew, they're engaging in more destructive behaviors, then we know that its much more deep seated," said Jeffrey Shearer.

Jeffrey Shearer works with teens dealing with mental illness.

He said young boys who experience some sort of trauma in their life, tend to be more disruptive. "If they do not have a sense of safety, they're gonna create it themselves, so they will become much more agressive and there fore a parent can become fearful because of the aggressiveness of the child," said Shearer.

Police say the teen's mother died three years ago, before coming to live with his father.

Neighbors said the juvenile was depressed and still coping with his mother's loss.

The teen is facing one count of solicitation for murder.

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