• 16-year-old faces adult charges in Winter Park teen beating death, officials say

    By: WFTV Web Staff


    WINTER PARK, Fla. - A 16-year-old boy faces adult charges in the death of a Winter Park teenager, investigators said.

    Roger Trindade, 15, was beaten to death at a park last October, police said.

    Jesse Sutherland faces charges of manslaughter and battery, and will be tried as an adult, investigators said. A spokesperson for the Orange/Osceola County State Attorney's Office said it's at the discretion of the prosecutor as to when to charge a minor as an adult.

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    Benjamin Sutherland, the teen's father, told a judge Wednesday that his son should be allowed to come back home. The father told the judge he's on disability for the next few months and would keep an eye on his son.

    Jesse Sutherland was on house arrest when he was arrested Tuesday night.

    Sutherland posted a $7,600 bail and was released from jail.

    Two other teens also face charges in Trindade’s death. Witnesses said it was Sutherland who threw the first punch at Trindade.

    Simeon Hall was re-arrested last week after police said he punched another teen at a park Oct. 8.

    Hall faces adult charges of felony battery and tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

    Read: Police: Winter Park fatal beating suspect accused of attacking another teenager

    Jagger Gouda, 14, was charged with witness tampering and battery -- charges to which he pleaded no contest. He's scheduled to be sentenced in November.

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    Watch below as Jesse Sutherland faces a judge Wednesday:

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