Father: 3 others involved in killing of homeless man

Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 11:57 p.m.
HOLLY HILL - The father of one of two teenagers charged in the beating death of a homeless man said three other teenagers were involved.
Volusia County investigators said they planned more interviews Tuesday, and more arrests could be made.
Christopher Scamahorn, 14, and Jeffery Spurgeon II, 18, were charged with first-degree murder Sunday after confessing to kicking and beating the 53-year-old victim with their fists and sticks, said sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught. The man was identified by fingerprints as Michael E. Roberts, investigators said Tuesday. Further information on Roberts was not available.
Neighbors said the two suspects were part of a menacing group of boys who caused trouble around the neighborhood. One woman said she sent her 15-year-old son to live with a relative for the summer to get him away from Scamahorn's crowd.
Spurgeon's father, Jeffery, told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that his son told him the victim had provoked one of three other teens involved.
The victim had defensive wounds on his hands and arms and his clothes were soaked with blood when officers found his body Saturday, according to court records. The teens told investigators that they went into woods where they had a fort Wednesday and killed the man in a series of four attacks.
Jeffery Spurgeon II said he punched the man in the face and left. The pair returned a short time later and kicked the man and beat him with sticks, Haught said. Scamahorn also told investigators that he dropped a large log on the man's ribs, and Spurgeon jumped on the log several times.
Spurgeon's mother told investigators Saturday that she heard there might be a body in the woods and later said her son might have been involved.
Chad Halfhill, 16, who called himself a close friend of Scamahorn, said a group of eight to 12 teens picked on a man they came across in the woods near this community 55 miles northeast of Orlando.
Scamahorn ''told me the day they did it. He said they beat him real bad. He said, 'Hey, you want to go see him?' And I was like, 'No, I'm cool,''' Halfhill told the Orlando Sentinel. ''We'd just hang out. We'd never say, 'Hey, let's go kill someone.'''
Shea Miller, 17, who lives across the street from Scamahorn, said they were friends until his neighbor started getting in trouble.
''That group, they got into a couple fights,'' Miller said. ''I never thought they would kill somebody.''
Scamahorn attended Riverview Learning Center, an alternative school for students with disciplinary problems.
Spurgeon said his son recently dropped out of Mainland High School and worked with him on a roofing job Thursday and Friday. He unsuccessfully tried to talk his son into joining the military.
''I wish he had,'' he told the Daytona Beach newspaper.
Jeffery Spurgeon II was being held without bail at the branch jail in Daytona Beach, and Scamahorn was booked into a juvenile jail.

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