16-year-old accused of killing grandmother in Rockledge home indicted on murder charge

Jaylin Christian to be prosecuted as adult, state attorney’s office says

Police swarmed a Rockledge neighborhood Thursday morning after a 16-year-old told two Brevard County deputies he had just killed his grandmother, according to police.

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing his grandmother to death in their Rockledge home in early September has been indicted on murder charges.

Jaylin Christian was indicted on first-degree premeditated murder and will be prosecuted as an adult, according to the state attorney’s office.

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According to the Rockledge Police Department, Christian was located near a Cocoa gas station and told two Brevard deputies that he had stabbed his grandmother.

Crews went to South Carolina Avenue, west of Fiske Boulevard, and found the 57-year-old woman dead in the kitchen of the home, where her body was covered in a blanket, officials said.

Rescue crews were called to South Carolina Avenue, west of Fiske Boulevard, to find the 57-year-old victim — later identified as Muriel Ladonna Emerson — dead in the kitchen of the home.

A deputy at the gas station asked Christian how many times he stabbed his grandmother and the boy responded, “Too many to count,” records show.

The teen later told police he began having homicidal thoughts, grabbed a knife from the kitchen and went to his grandmother’s office to attack her, an arrest affidavit said.

He then packed up some belongings, stole money and a briefcase from his grandmother and took a photo of her body before covering her up with a blanket and leaving, according to the affidavit.

LaSata said Christian had lived with his grandmother for the past six to eight months before the fatal stabbing.

The 16-year-old boy who police said stabbed his grandmother to death faced a Brevard County judge for the first time Friday morning.

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