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[09/11/19 1:44 p.m.] UMATILLA, Florida – In a story that has now gained national attention, LLN was the very first to report that one of the the Umatilla High School cheerleader’s intended murder victims – her stepfather – is a Clermont law enforcement officer. Now LLN is the very first to report that this same 17-year-old girl who is accused of plotting to have her mother and stepfather killed is no stranger to the law. LLN was tipped off late Tuesday that Alyssa Hatcher’s stepfather’s guns were stolen last year during one of multiple house parties thrown by Hatcher. The parties were thrown while her mother and stepfather, Clermont Police Lt. Michael Scheller were out of town.
According to the report taken by Umatilla Police Department and obtained exclusive by LLN, Scheller arrived home from vacation in September 2018 to find that the keys to his gun safe were missing. He later found them in Hatcher’s room. Once he opened the safe, he found that his department-issued Glock 22, a Para Ordinance 45 and a Ruger 357 revolver were missing. His duty belt, handcuffs and flashlight were also missing. (The Clermont Police Department is also listed as a named-victim in the police report.)
When asked why she had the safe keys, Hatcher advised police she took the keys the mow the yard as her parents had requested. She also told police three unknown males attended the party and she saw them in the hallway, but “never thought anything of it and just thought they were going to the restroom.”
Umatilla Police investigated and interviewed numerous juvenile witnesses, but the guns were never found.
[09/10/19 2:13 p.m.] UMATILLA, Florida – LCSO Sgt. Fred Jones confirmed to LLN that Hatcher’s stepfather is a law enforcement officer. Outside sources and social media confirm that her stepfather is Clermont Police Lt. Michael Scheller. Hatcher is a former Umatilla High School cheerleader.
[Original Breaking Story] UMATILLA, Florida – A 17-year-old girl is facing murder solicitation charges after detectives say she paid two different people to murder her parents. LLN is actively working to confirm whether one of the alleged intended victims — the girl’s stepfather, is a Clermont, police officer.
An unidentified juvenile made contact with a Lake County Sheriff’s Office school resource deputy and told the deputy the suspect had given her friend “a lot of money” to kill her parents, according to the arrest affidavit. An investigation found that Alyssa Hatcher stole her parents’ debit card and completed two transactions, totaling more than $1,400. She was arrested by Umatilla Police Department on theft charges.
LCSO Det. David Causey interviewed the suspect’s boyfriend who told him he saw his girlfriend at a “known drug house” early Monday morning and she told him she wanted to kill her parents. Causey interviewed Hatcher, who admitted she stole the debit card and wanted her parents dead. She said she spent $100 on cocaine and gave $400 to the unidentified friend. The friend never carried out the murder plot, so Hatcher gave $900 to a black male to complete the job. The plot was foiled when the witness came forward. The victims, Hatcher’s parents, advised they wanted to prosecute and the girl was charged with criminal solicitation of murder.
This is a developing story.
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