Dillen Murray was sixteen years old when he murdered another teenager with a bat over a girl. According to authorities Dillen Murray had previously attacked the teen on two different occasions would fatally beat the victim to death with a baseball bat over a girl that both of the teenagers were interested in. Apparently Dillen Murray was jealous that the victim, Giovanni Diaz, was now dating an ex girlfriend. The teen killer would lure the victim out to a wooded area and beat him to death with a bat. Dillen Murray would ultimately be arrested and would plead guilty. It is expected that Murray will be sentenced to life when the courts reopen in Florida
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A Lake Wales teenager will face up to life in prison when he’s sentenced in April after pleading guilty to fatally beating his friend with a metal baseball bat in a dispute over a girl.
Dillen Alex Murray was 16 two years ago when he lured 15-year-old Giovanni Diaz to a wooded area near Caloosa Lake Village, the mobile home park south of Lake Wales where both boys lived, and bludgeoned him to death. He then called 911, saying he’d just beaten his friend and had left him bleeding in the woods, according to court records.
Murray was taken into custody on allegations of first-degree murder later that day – March 19, 2018 – the same day Diaz died. Diaz was beaten so severely around his face, head, chest and arms that he died less than 30 minutes after Murray had called 911, court records state. Polk County sheriff’s deputies found a bloody, dented baseball bat nearby.
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A 16-year-old Florida boy is accused of beating another teen to death with a baseball bat Monday afternoon, according to WFTV.
Dillen Murray has been charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly beat 15-year-old Giovanni Diaz to death in a wooded area in Polk County.
“A witness who was in the area saw Dillen walking out of the woods, and Dillen told the witness that he just hit his friend with a baseball bat,” a Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman told the station. “The witness ran into the woods and found Giovanni.”
Investigators say Murray has two previous charges of battery against Diaz in March 2016.
Murray was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center and faces additional charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.