DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing a gay community college worker in North Carolina says the slain victim molested his relative and doing prison time is “the easy part.”
Kenneth Stancil made the unsolicited comments April 14 when he appeared before Judge Christopher Kelly in Daytona Beach. The judge warned Stancil he had the right to remain silent.
A Wayne County sheriff’s office clerk says Stancil did not file anything about a relative being molested or any other compliant with the sheriff’s office or Goldsboro police.
Stancil was in Daytona Beach, where he was found sleeping on the beach Tuesday morning. When officers approached him, he pulled a knife but dropped it when an officer drew his gun. He was arrested without incident, the police report said.
Stancil is accused of killing Ron Lane, the print shop director at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina, on April 13. Police have said they are investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime.
The suspect’s mother, Debbie Stancil, said she knows the relative was not sexually abused by Lane, as Kenneth Stancil claimed in court, because the relative and Lane had never met. She believes Kenneth Stancil is making the accusations because he is “rattled and confused.”
“He just snapped. That is not my son,” Debbie Stancil said. “He’s probably out of his mind. I think he needs mental help.”
Debbie Stancil said her son was angry over being dismissed from his work-study job for excessive absenteeism. She also said Lane made sexually laced comments to her son.
“He was verbally inappropriate at school. Very much verbally inappropriate,” she said. “He would tell him to stop and he kept on.”
Lane’s brother and sister declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press. College spokeswoman Tara Humphries said she did not know whether any complaints had been lodged against Lane.
It wasn’t clear how long Lane and Stancil had worked together. Stancil was due to graduate from his three-semester-degree course this summer, but he had been a continuing education student before that, Humphries said.
Lane and Stancil were linked, whether they knew it or not, by the suicides of people very close to them. Lane’s partner of 12 years killed himself last year. Stancil’s mother says her son never recovered after finding his father in the backyard after he had killed himself in 2009.
Stancil gave himself a facial tattoo last weekend that included the number “88” on his left cheek. Experts who track hate groups said the number is a neo-Nazi code for praising Adolf Hitler. Neo-Nazis have often been accused of attacking gays, said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Police have not said whether Stancil held white supremacist beliefs or what hate crime they are investigating. Stancil’s mother said the tattoo marked a wannabe rather than someone with neo-Nazi beliefs.