In June 2010 a couple was carjacked in Brooksville (Fla.), and the man was fatally stabbed. Enrique Acevedo died from the injuries but his girlfriend Skyler Collins survived. Police arrested three persons for the murder.
The teenage girl was the first to appear before the judge Wednesday morning. She wore a yellow jail-issued jumpsuit and handcuffs, and her long brown hair nearly covered her face.
Sabrina Dicus bowed her head and placed her hands over her face. In a voice barely above a whisper, the teen asked the judge if there was a chance that she might get out of jail. "Sir, do I have a bond?"
The answer was no.
There's a chance the 14-year-old girl might never see the outside of a correctional facility again.
Dicus was one of three co-defendants arraigned in Circuit Judge Stephen Rushing's courtroom Wednesday in connection with the June 20 murder of Enrique Daniel Acevedo, 18, and the attempted murder of his girlfriend, Skyler Collins, 18.
Dicus, her mother, Sherrie Dicus, 38, and Sabrina's boyfriend, Steven Wesolek, 19, all entered not-guilty pleas on charges of first-degree murder, attempted felony murder, armed carjacking and armed robbery during their brief arraignments. All are being held without bail.
According to arrest affidavits, Acevedo and Collins drove to Emerson Road south of Brooksville to pick up Wesolek, who is Collins' ex-boyfriend, and two of his friends.
After they got into Collins' red 2001 Ford Mustang convertible, Acevedo was stabbed twice in the back of the neck and Collins was strangled until she lost consciousness. Collins soon regained consciousness when Acevedo slammed on the brakes, and the couple stumbled out of the car near the intersection of Ayers and Culbreath roads.
Acevedo died at the side of the road as the car drove away. Collins had ligature marks on her neck but was discharged from the hospital.
Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino has said he is prepared to seek the death penalty for Wesolek and Sherrie Dicus. Sabrina Dicus, who was charged as an adult and is being held at the county jail, could face life in prison.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision barring life terms for juveniles who commit crimes would not apply to Sabrina Dicus. Juvenile offenders can still be sentenced to life for crimes in which someone was killed.
"They will not be seeking death penalty in your case," Rushing explained to the girl. "That's not necessarily the same for your co-defendants."
In her brief appearance before Rushing, Dicus — listed as homeless in court documents — indicated that she had few means to pay for a private attorney. "I have a coin collection," she said.
Rushing told her that an attorney would be appointed to her case and set her pretrial hearing for the morning of Sept. 22. Dicus was then whisked out of court, so as not to cross paths with her mother or Wesolek.
On the evening of June 20, 2010, a red Ford Mustang convertible she'd never seen pulled into the front yard of her Spring Hill home. Three people stepped out of the car. Borders knew two of them: Sherrie Dicus and her teenage daughter. The third person, the driver, was a stranger named Steven Wesolek.
Mrs. Dicus was a friend, Borders said, but also a thief and a liar. When Borders learned the car was stolen, as she suspected, the woman insisted they remove it from her property.
Wesolek and Mrs. Dicus' daughter, Sabrina, returned to her house on foot later that night. Borders said that's when Wesolek told her how they had gotten the car.
"He said he stabbed someone," Borders testified Wednesday in a Hernando County courtroom. "He said it was an accident."
Wesolek, now 21, is accused of murdering 18-year-old Enrique "Ricky" Acevedo of Spring Hill in a carjacking two years ago. He has been charged with first-degree murder and may face the death penalty if convicted.
Borders is a key witness in the prosecution's case, but her assertion that Wesolek confessed to the crime came under intense scrutiny during public defender Alan Fanter's cross-examination.
In a recorded deposition early last year, Borders was asked if Wesolek had ever told her that he stabbed someone to get the car.
"No, he didn't say that," she responded. "He just said, 'It was an accident.' That's all I can remember them saying. 'It was an accident.' "
Early on the day of the killing, Wesolek had called his former girlfriend, Skyler Collins, and asked if she could give him and the Dicuses a ride. She agreed, but Acevedo, her friend, wouldn't let her go alone. He drove.
After the three got into Collins' Mustang, investigators say, Wesolek stabbed Acevedo while Mrs. Dicus choked Collins until she passed out. Collins regained consciousness when Acevedo slammed on the brakes, and the two stumbled out of the car near the intersection of Ayers and Culbreath roads, south of Brooksville. Collins had ligature marks on her neck and was later treated at a hospital.
As the car sped away, Acevedo died on the side of the road.
Wesolek and the Dicuses arrived at Borders' house just moments later.
In court, Borders didn't offer a clear explanation for the discrepancy in her statements, but insisted she had never lied.
Fanter pressed harder. He twice asked if she had smoked methamphetamine with Mrs. Dicus the night of the stabbing. She denied it.
Later, during assistant state attorney Pete Magrino's second questioning, he noted that Borders had spoken with a detective just hours after she met Wesolek. The prosecutor asked Borders if she remembered telling the detective that Wesolek had confessed to the murder.
Was that the truth?
But again, Fanter challenged her recollection.
On the witness stand, was she still trying to remember what was true and what wasn't?
"No, sir," she said. "I'm telling you the truth now."
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