SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA) – During his first and only appearance in the juvenile court system Friday, December 27, Brandon Aydelott was officially charged with second-degree murder. Aydelott is accused of viciously murdering his mother, Sharon Aydelott, on Christmas Eve.
In the afternoon court appearance, Circuit Court Judge John Simon read Aydelott’s charges and explained his future in the adult court system.
In the courtroom Friday afternoon, Aydelott was calm, emotionless, and even cracked a wry smile at times. It’s the same way he was described in the arrest report done by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Public Defender Bruce Miller says he has not yet assigned Aydelott’s defense attorney, and it’d be premature to talk strategy for defending him.
“It’s so early in the process that we ourselves have many questions, and we’re going to do our own investigation,” Miller said. “He is still a child in Florida- being prosecuted as an adult- so, we will take that into consideration, trying to keep his best interests.”
When asked by FOX10 News how Miller will do that, he said, “[We will] look under every stone and try to do everything that we can to help.”
Miller’s defense team could have to go up against first-degree murder charges, as the State Attorney’s Office says it has ample evidence and a confession of the crime.
View the full arrest report here (WARNING: Graphic details)
“There is a substantial amount of evidence in this case, and we intend to go forward and seek a first-degree indictment,” said Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille.
First-degree murder carries a mandatory life imprisonment sentence, which Marcille says the state will go after.
“I think the status of what sentence is available for the courts to sentence a juvenile convicted of first-degree murder in Florida is still a widely and hotly litigated issue, so that’s going to be an interesting issue that we’ll work on during this case,” Miller responded.
Meanwhile, the prosecution gears up to ‘up’ the charges.
“Within the next several weeks we will present this case to the Grand Jury,” Marcille said. “The Grand Jury is the only body that can actually charge first-degree murder. They will consider it if they determine the facts are sufficient to establish that it was a premeditated murder, then they will return the indictment for first-degree murder.”
Aydelott goes before Circuit Judge Marci Goodman the morning of Saturday, December 28 at the Santa Rosa County Jail.
Sources told FOX10 News it’s unlikely she will revoke Aydelott’s bond, given the crime’s brutal nature and the charges that go along with it.
Source: Russell Colburn/ Fox10TV