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Teen accused of murdering his mother to be tried as adult

SANTA ROSA COUNTY - A Gulf Breeze High School student accused of brutally murdering his mother on Christmas Eve will be tried as an adult, according to the State Attorney's Office.

William Brandon Aydelott, known to many as Brandon, was arrested Tuesday night near the crime scene on Crane Cove Boulevard.    

State Attorney Bill Eddins says he will ask a grand jury to indict the 17-year-old on a charge of premeditated first degree murder.

Some of the details found in the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office report are extremely disturbing. When deputies got to the crime scene, they found the front door of the Aydelott home ajar and a horrific scene inside.

Flowers now sit just a few feet from where Sharon Aydelott's body was found. Investigators say she'd been stabbed several times and that she'd been beaten with a baseball bat. Other details about what deputies say they found behind the front door, now covered in a cloth, are too graphic to be shared here.

A family member called authorities to the house after discovering the bloody scene. Brandon Aydelott was arrested at a home nearby about three hours later.   

Many who live on Crane Cove Boulevard are shocked and deeply saddened by the murder.   

"They were the nicest neighbors you could ever have," said Ian Welsh who says his 18 year-old daughter has known Brandon since kindergarten.

Carrie Carree, who lives across the street, said Sharon, "Was just a genuinely nice person."

Welsh echoed those sentiments, saying, "Sharon was a very good neighbor, very good person, and so was Brandon. Brandon was a really good kid."

"He was our dogsitter, when we travel," said Jennifer Keenan, who lives next door, "He said, 'Yes, 'ma'am' and 'Hello', and shook my hand when we moved to the neighborhood and said 'Nice to meet you.'"
   
Deputies say Brandon confessed to the murder and that he appeared to be emotionless, other than giving a small smile a few times while being interviewed.
   
The 17-year-old has been playing baseball for Gulf Breeze High School.

His mother, Sharon, was an instructor at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Many remember her as a kind, devoted educator.
 
"Her students have lost an incredible teacher," said Carree, "How do you explain this to all those kids?"

"Just a tragic, very empty feeling," said Welsh, "All we can do is pray for that family."

Grief counselors are now being made available to staff members at Holley-Navarre Middle School. They'll also be on hand there and at Gulf Breeze High School when students return from winter break.