The alleged victim has absolutely no previous runins with the law, Judd said, but the suspect was charged two years ago with two counts of battery for allegedly battering two people, including Giovanni.
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At a news conference today, Judd called the beating premeditated; he said Giovanni had relations with a girl the suspect liked and that made him mad.
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Teen allegedly beats friend to death with a baseball bat
The suspect also was charged withdomestic batterylast year for allegedly battering his ther, Judd said.
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The teen allegedly told a responding officer that he had wailed on his friend with a bat, Judd said, and the suspect was taken into custody.
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The suspect has been charged with one count of firstdegree murder and one count of possession of marijuana. Police are requesting that he be tried as an adult; the State Attorneys Office will make that decision at a later time, Judd said.
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As the suspect emerged from the woods, authorities say he told a witness, I hit my friend with a baseball bat, according to Sheriff Judd.
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The suspect is homeschooled while Giovanni, an eighthgrader, attended a middle school, but both lived in the same community, Judd said. The suspect referred to them as friends, Judd said, adding that they had known each other for a long time.
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Police say the suspect persuaded friend Giovanni Diaz, , to go into a wooded area Monday afternoon, where the teen viciously beat and killed Giovanni with a baseball bat, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference Monday. He hit Giovanni at least nine times, Judd added.
The witness told the teen to go home and call , Judd said. The suspect did so, allegedly confessing to hitting his friend with the bat, Judd said. After he dialed , police say the teen agave an elaborate defense about protecting himself, which Sheriff Judd called a lie.
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