Trial begins: WPB love triangle turns deadly

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Opening statements begin Monday morning in a crime that shocked our community. A grandmother murdered; her grandson left for dead.

On trial is the woman blamed in both attacks, and she is no stranger to the victim's family.

It's a case of a love triangle turned violent and deadly. She says her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, and she enacted revenge on two of his dearest loved ones. "They tried to kill my child. And I'll never, ever forgive them for that," said John Tackaberry back in 2006.

The attack left a scar across his son's, Elijah, throat, police say, by his ex-girlfriend, Rhonda Norman, seeking revenge for her boyfriend cheating on her. "I want justice, and I want a jury to decide their fate. I don't want a plea bargain with murderers. I want them to get what they deserve," says Elijah's mom, Stephanie Tackaberry-Rinzel.

Since their arrest, both Norman and her allege accomplish, Wes McGee, have played the finger pointing game about who was responsible.

But to Tackaberry, he says, all that matters is the emptiness that will never be filled and that justice will be served. "I'm going to stand before them and say, 'You tried to take my son from me, the one thing I love the most, and you failed miserably'. I think they're both equally responsible. I don't care which did what; they both deserve to die."

The Tackaberry's relatives are seeking the death penalty for both. In the meantime, Tackaberry says his main focus is his son and making sure that the scar across his neck does not turn into a permanent emotional scar.

Fox 29 will continue to follow this case and update you with more information as we receive it.