2 Girls Charged in Shooting Death of Big Brother, 16

Misty "Ariel" Renee Kornegay, 15, tells police he beat her
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2015 5:03 AM CST
2 Girls Charged in Shooting Death of Big Brother, 16
Ariel (left) and Nicole Kornegay   (Columbia County Sheriff)

In a case Florida officials call "deeply disturbing," two sisters allegedly colluded to shoot and kill their 16-year-old brother while their parents were away, reports WFOX. Misty "Ariel" Renee Kornegay, 15, and her 11-year-old sister, Nicole, were arrested Monday and charged with premeditated murder. "Anytime you come on scene with something this horrific, [with] children involved, it's pretty unsettling, even to seasoned law enforcement and deputies," the Columbia County sheriff tells News4Jax. Ariel told police her brother beat her and locked her in a bedroom that evening. When he fell asleep, Nicole unlocked the door, and Ariel says they got a gun from their parents' bedroom and she shot him in the living room. The sisters then left their 3-year-old sister and walked more than 3 miles to a Dollar General in town, where police were called.

"The officer was very compassionate with the girls. We were mainly worried about their safety," says one detective, but Ariel soon confessed to the shooting, adds WFOX. Police learned their parents had left the children at home Monday and were three hours away when their son was shot. When they returned, police charged them with child neglect. Now the state attorney says he "may be forced to actually charge [the sisters] as adults," adds the Gainesville Sun; the 3-year-old is now in state custody, notes the Florida Times-Union. News4Jax notes the Kornegays have a history with law enforcement: a 2010 report of inappropriate behavior between Ariel and the dead brother (no charges resulted); a family member who sought a change of custody; and a domestic violence citation for the mother in 2010. All four will appear in court today. (This boy died trying to save his twin brother.)

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