(ABC News) — A 16-year-old Florida boy is suspected of beating his friend to death with a baseball bat, authorities said, alleging that the teen was jealous of his friend’s relationship with a girl.
Police say the suspect persuaded friend Giovanni Diaz, 15, 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.
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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