After a trio of Alabama teenage girls savagely beat and stabbed 17-year-old Lesley Luna Pantaleon and dumped her in a creek to drown this summer, they promptly went to McDonald’s and enjoyed some after murder smoothies, True Crime Daily reports.
The recently launched capital muder trial of three 16-year-old Montgomery, Alabama, girls — Ta’Niya Merriweather, Erin Taylor and their apparent ringleader, Tyeshia Whisenant — has revealed the grisly and heartless nature of the girl’s alleged murder.
It all started, the courtroom heard this week, when Pantaleon’s gun went missing this spring. She allegedly “put a hit” on the home where the gun had ended up.
When Lesley Pantaleon arrived at the house to retrieve the precious firearm on June 24 — the last day she was seen and the day she was allegedly murdered — she got into an altercation with Whisenant. After that, she piled into her 2006 Blue Chevy Trailblazer with the three defendants as well as a juvenile boy who has gone nameless. Taylor was in the driver’s seat. Little did Pantaleon know, but they were driving to her doom.
Whisenant and the boy, in the backseat with Pantaleon, got into another fight with Pantaleon, Brown testified. Whisenant allegedly confessed to fighting the victim in the car, Brown said.Montgomery Advertiser
Then Taylor pulled the car over in a wooded area and the three Alabama girls now accused of murder beat Lesley Pantaleon with a metal pole taken from a gate and also stabbed her. Then they left her there for dead.
After they returned to Whisenant’s home, they allegedly woke up another girl who was there and confessed what they had done. Then they were compelled to return to the scene of the crime to bear witness to Lesley Pantaleon’s murdered body there in the Alabama woods.
Except that her toes were still moving. Whisetnant told the crew that Pantaleon “needed to be taken care of.” So they put her dying body in the car and drove to a creek, where they dumped her in, along with the metal pole. Then they finally left her for dead, for real this time. And what did the girls do next? They went to McDonald’s and had smoothies like they hadn’t just committed the most heinous of alleged crimes.
According to True Crime Daily, when Pantaleon’s body was finally found in a nearby lake on July 4.
All three were booked into the Montgomery County Detention Facility upon their arrest, charged as adults.True Crime Daily
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, some of Lesley Pantaleon’s last words before the Alabama teens murdered her were: “Just take me home, you can have my truck.”
But according to lawyers representing Merriweather, Taylor and Whisenaut, robbery was not a motive in the alleged slaying; therefore the girls cannot be charged with capital murder.
Under Alabama law, a capital murder occurs when an individual commits a homicide while in the process of committing another felony, such as robbery, rape or kidnapping.
According to People magazine, Alabama cops were able to connect the three 16 year olds to Lesley Pantaleon’s alleged murder through her cell phone records.
She had allegedly gotten into a fight with the three girls, and was beaten with a metal pole and stabbed to death near the creek where she was found.
After allegedly murdering Lesley Pantaleon, the three Alabama girls are believed to have taken off with her cell phone and her car.
The three suspects are all being tried as adults.
They allegedly smashed her body and skull so badly that, as the courtroom heard this week, it was impossible to determine what actually killed her.
The U.S. Sun reports that a GoFundMe page was established in July to raise funds for Lesley’s funeral.
The tribute describes her as “loved by all” and said she will be “deeply missed” – with her funeral taking place on July 18. “The expenses are overwhelming for the family to have to worry about at this time of grief and devastation,” the fundraiser reads.
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