A Florida teen arrested this week after allegedly stealing her parents’ money to pay someone to kill them will remain in custody, as her parents move forward in pressing charges against her.
According to an arrest warrant from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Hatcher’s friend told a school resource officer at Tavares High School that the suspect paid “a lot of money” to find someone willing to kill her parents.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Detective David Causey spoke to Hatcher’s friend on September 9, who revealed the suspect asked two different people to kill her parents after withdrawing money from their bank account on two separate occasions.
Hatcher allegedly admitted to authorities during a recorded interview that she used $100 of the stolen money to buy cocaine. She said she gave another $400 to a friend. She wanted the friend to hire someone to kill her parents, deputies said.
When the plan foiled, she used the remaining $900 to hire another person to carry out the sinister deed, according to the arrest warrant. That plan also failed.
Hatcher’s mother has been identified as Tammy Scheller, a senior records clerk at the Florida Department of Health. Hatcher’s stepfather, identified as Michael Scheller, works as a lieutenant with the Clermont Police Department.
“The victims, parents of juvenile defendant, advised their intent to persecute for the charge of Criminal Solicitation of Murder,” court documents read.
Sgt. Fred Jones of Lake County Sheriff’s Office told ABC9 that the victims are good people but the suspect simply didn’t want them around.
“The parents are good people, outstanding citizens. This was just somebody, who for whatever reason, just didn’t want her parents around,“ Jones said.
Hatcher appeared before a judge in Ocala on Wednesday morning. She’ll remain at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Ocala while awaiting her next hearing.
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