A Florida high school cheerleader was arrested after she allegedly hired two hitmen to kill her parents, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Alyssa Michelle Hatcher, 17, was arrested on September 9 and booked into the Lake County Jail where she was “processed and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.”
Hatcher’s mother and stepfather, Tammy Hatcher-Scheller and Michael Scheller, were unharmed. Michael Scheller is a police lieutenant with the Clermont Police Department.
A resource officer at Hatcher’s high school learned of the plot to kill Hatcher’s parents from another student.
The teenager told the officer that Hatcher paid a friend “a lot of money” to kill her parents.
Police spoke to Hatcher’s boyfriend who confirmed the murder-for-hire plot. Hatcher reportedly paid two men over $1,400 that she stole using her parents’ debit card.
She used $100 of the stolen money to buy cocaine, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Lake County Sheriff’s Office Detective David Causey.
Causey said Hatcher used her parents’ debit card to make two separate withdrawals from a bank ATM.
The day her parents were to be murdered, Hatcher was spotted at a drug trap house where she paid the two men to carry out the murder.
According to Causey, Hatcher admitted to paying one person $503 and a second person $926.40 after asking both men to kill her parents.
“The parents are good people, outstanding citizens. This was just somebody, who for whatever reason, just didn’t want her parents around,” Lake County Sheriff’s Sergeant Fred Jones told WFTV.
It’s not clear if more arrests are expected.