Winter Park teen's beating death began with fight over prank spray, deputies say

2 teens charged with manslaughter as adults

ORLANDO, Fla. – New details released in a Winter Park teen's beating death show that the victim was fatally punched after he and his friend confronted a boy who sprayed them with a smelly spray as a prank, according to an arrest affidavit.

Jesse Sutherland, 16, and Simeon Hall, 16, are being charged as adults on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of 15-year-old Roger Trindade, who was found unresponsive near Park Avenue in Winter Park the night of Oct. 15, 2016.

Trindade died at Florida Hospital two days later, after suffering a brain aneurysm caused by blunt force trauma, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Exactly one year after the boy's death, court officials released an arrest affidavit that details the circumstances of Trindade's death. That document was previously sealed because the suspects were being charged as juveniles up until this week.

Deputies say Trindade was with a male friend and two girls near Park Avenue when two boys came up to them and sprayed them with a foul-smelling spray. Trindade and his friend went to confront the boys, who told them the spray was meant to smell like "liquid a--" and they sprayed it as a prank, the report said.

One of the boys who sprayed Trindade made a phone call and told his friends, including Sutherland and Hall, to come to the stage area at Central Park because there was about to be a fight, according to the affidavit.

Sutherland and Hall rushed over with five other teenage boys.

Roger Trindade
Roger Trindade

Hall said when he arrived, he approached Trindade and his friend and asked them if they were trying to "jump" his friend, even though the altercation had not turned physical at that point, the report said.

Trindade's friend told deputies they tried to get away but they couldn't because they were surrounded.

Hall told deputies he was the first to throw a punch. He hit Trindade's friend in the face because the boy "smirked at him and was cocky," according to the affidavit.

Then, the report said, Sutherland punched Trindade once in the face, knocking him to the ground. Deputies say Hall punched Trindade while he was knocked out and both boys spit on his face.

Trindade was twitching and unresponsive when the boys ran away to a nearby parking garage to hide the prank spray and brag about what they had done, authorities say. 

Deputies say Hall met with detectives on Oct. 17, 2016 -- the same day Trindade died. Hall had a smirk on his face when he asked about Trindade's medical condition. A detective told him that medical information was confidential so he could not provide that information to Hall.

"Yeah, you don't want to tell me because he's dead," Hall said with a laugh, according to the affidavit.

Sutherland spoke to detectives on Oct. 20, 2016 after his grandmother brought him to the police after she heard him talking about the altercation with his younger brother. Deputies said Sutherland initially lied about punching Trindade.

"If I knew I was the one who killed the kid, I couldn't live with myself," Sutherland said, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses told deputies that Hall was known for fighting and being involved with drugs. Another witness said one of the boys who was present during the fight approached her at school because she had seen footage of the altercation on Snapchat and told her that she better not tell, the affidavit said.

That teen, who News 6 is not naming because he is not charged as an adult, is facing a witness tampering charge.

Hall, Sutherland and the third boy were arrested in Dec. 2016 in connection with Trindade's death.

In January, Sutherland and Hall were placed on home detention and were ordered to wear GPS monitoring devices.

Hall was arrested earlier this month after Winter Park Police say he took off his monitoring device and physically battered another boy at Ward Park. He was booked into the Orange County Jail on Monday on a felony battery charge in connection with that incident.

After that arrest, officials announced that Hall would be charged as an adult in connection with Trindade's arrest. Sutherland was booked into the Orange County Jail early Wednesday morning, also charged as an adult with manslaughter.

Both teens were previously charged as juveniles in the Trindade case.

Hall was denied bond on the manslaughter charge during a court appearance on Tuesday. Sutherland appeared in court Wednesday afternoon on the manslaughter and battery charge in connection with Trindade's death.

Sutherland's lawyer argued that her client has never missed an appointment or violated the terms of his home detention. She also argued that because of the family's financial hardships, bond should be set at $1,000.

The judge set bail at $7,500 on the manslaughter charge and $100 on the battery charge. Sutherland bonded out of jail Wednesday night.

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