New Details in Gulf Breeze Christmas Eve Murder

New Details in Gulf Breeze Christmas Eve Murder

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This home in Gulf Breeze waits for a Christmas celebration that will never happen. Instead a sheet drapes the front door that according to police reports is stained in blood.

On Christmas Eve, a violent confrontation between a mother and son. When police arrived the body of Sharon Aydelott was found just inside the door stabbed and beaten. Her teenaged son Brandon was later charged with her murder.

"If you picture the last person you would think of to do it, that's the best way I can describe it." Jennifer Keenan lives next door. "We moved here in March and Sharon was the first person, she reached out to us and said here is what time the bus stop is. Everybody loved her and her family."

Brandon was a star pitcher for the high school baseball team and according to Keenan "a good kid". "He was the Tim Tebow, from what I heard, of sports games. He made sure everybody prayed, a christian family."

Sharon Aydelott was not only a neighbor and a friend she was a teacher teaching 7th grade science here at Holley-Navarre Middle school since 1998. The faculty and staff were back at the building Thursday although it's still Christmas break. They didn't want to talk about their teacher and friend they say it's still too fresh, too tough.

Fresh cut flowers lay at the flag pole in front of the school and on the porch of the house that Brandon moved out of in September. According to investigators it was because of an ongoing conflict with his mother.

Whatever sparked the violence has everyone in this quiet, close knit neighborhood in shock. "My love respect goes out to the family and their sadness right now," says Keenan.

Investigators say Aydelott confessed to killing his mother and was quote "emotionless except for a few small smiles" during interrogation.

State Attorney Bill Eddins says he will push to have Aydelott tried as an adult. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.


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