Suspect in Winter Park teen's beating death faces adult charges in separate case, officials say

Simeon Hall charged with felony battery

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor , Vanessa Araiza - Reporter

WINTER PARK, Fla. - A teenage boy who is accused of manslaughter in the beating death of a Winter Park teen in 2016 was arrested recently after he physically battered a boy while out on home detention, according to the Winter Park Police Department.

Simeon Hall and another teenage boy were involved in an altercation with Roger Trindade, 15, near Central Park on Oct. 15, 2016, officials said. Trindade was found unconscious and later died from his injuries.

Hall was arrested on a manslaughter charge two months after Trindade's death.

In the most recent incident, police said Hall physically battered a juvenile at Ward Park earlier this month. Full details of the incident were not immediately available.

Police said the boy, whose age was not available, suffered significant but non-life-threatening injuries to his head.

"They're non-life-threatening injuries but they're substantial enough to possibly be some sort of serious bodily injury," Winter Park police Capt. Pam Marcum said.

Hall, 16, was found at his home later that same day and arrested on charges of aggravated battery and tampering with an electronic monitoring device. An arrest report indicated that no weapons were seized from Hall after the incident.

Hall was booked into the Orange County Jail Monday morning on one count of felony battery with great bodily harm and one count of tampering with an electronic monitoring device, jail records show. The teenager is being held without bail on both charges.

A spokesperson for the jail told News 6 Monday night that Hall was being charged as an adult for both crimes. Hall is expected to appear before a judge Tuesday at 9 a.m., the spokesperson said.

The attorney for Hall has not responded to News 6's request for comment.

Winter Park police are working with the State Attorney's Office and said they will help in any way they can. 

"Obviously, the Winter Park Police Department is concerned about the safety of our juveniles here in Winter Park and that's why we're working closely with the State Attorney's Office to make sure that we help them and assist them in any way to make sure that we get justice in this particular case," Marcum said. 

Hall and Jesse Sutherland, the other teen arrested in the Trindade case, are scheduled to go to trial in November.

In the meantime, a judge ruled in January that both teens be placed on home detention rather than remain in a juvenile detention center.

"Home confinement means home confinement. They're only supposed to be at home unless they have a specific schedule set up with their probation officer like going to school, maybe going to church or something along that line. But that would not fall into the category of being allowed to go to a park and communicate with other juveniles," Marcum said. 

Roger Trindade's mother and father said Hall is a dangerous teen and they're relying on the justice system to work the way it's intended.

"I wish I could forgive them. Truly. I wish I could forgive them and continue with my life. If I had my son, but he's not here anymore, so there must be some sort of justice," Rodrigo Trindade said.

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