A Polk County, Florida, teen is facing first-degree murder charges after allegedly luring a friend to the woods and beating him to death with a baseball bat.
Per WFTV, Dillen Murray, 16, (pictured left) is accused of beating Giovanni Diaz, 15, (pictured right) to death Monday because Diaz had relations with a girl he liked. Police said Murray instructed Diaz to meet him at “the rocks” in Lake Wales to smoke marijuana. Instead, Murray hit Diaz once, causing him to fall to the ground, then struck him at least nine times on the face and head, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
The Bradenton Herald reported that someone witnessed Murray emerging from woods and he told the witness that he hit his friend with a baseball bat. The witness allegedly told Murray to go home then called 911.
Judd claimed that Murray had confronted Diaz about the relationship with his crush moments before carrying out the deadly attack.
“And Gio says, ‘What are you going to do, hit me with that bat?’ And that’s when Dillen started to hit Gio with the bat,” the sheriff said.
We’ve charged 16-yr-old Dillen Murray with 1st Degree Murder, possession of marijuana& paraphernalia in the brutal murder of 15-yr-old Giovanni Diaz. More details later this morning. Please keep Gio’s family and classmates @ Frostproof Middle in your prayers
— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) March 20, 2018
While Murray originally told authorities that he killed Diaz in self-defense, he reportedly admitted that he was the only one to physically harm someone during Monday’s ordeal.
“I wonder what it feels like to kill somebody,” Murray allegedly told Diaz two days before beating him to death, according to WFTV.
Alarmingly, this isn’t the Florida teen’s first brush with the law: In 2016, Murray was charged with battery for an altercation with Diaz and a female. In March 2017, Murray was charged with a third count of battery against his father.
In addition to first-degree murder charges, Murray was charged with possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Comments made by Judd suggests that authorities are considering trying the teen as an adult.
[Featured Image: Dillen Murray/Polk County Sheriff’s Office; Giovanni Diaz/WFTV]