Police: College shooting suspect hitchhiked to Florida

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- The man accused of killing a community college worker said the motorcycle he used to get away broke down along Interstate 95 and he walked 30 miles before a woman headed to Florida gave him a ride, according to a police report released Wednesday.

The woman picked up the 20-year-old Stancil, whose face and neck are covered in dark, self-administered tattoos, was armed with a knife and carried almost $500, the report by Volusia County Beach Safety officers said.

The driver was headed to Key West, Florida, but dropped Stancil off in Daytona Beach, where he was found sleeping on the beach Tuesday morning. When officers approached him, he pulled the knife but dropped it when an officer drew his gun. He was arrested without incident, the police report said.

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Kenneth Morgan Stancil III is seen in a booking photo provided by the The Volusia County, Fla., Department of Corrections. Stancil, 20, wanted in the shooting death of the print shop director at at Wayne County Community College in North Carolina on Monday morning, was arrested in Florida early Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Goldsboro police said. (Volusia County Department of Corrections via AP)
A police officer stands by as students and faculty are allowed to return following a lockdown at Wayne Community College, in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed in a shooting at the community college that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A police officer stands by as students and faculty are allowed to return at Wayne Community College, in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed in a shooting at the community college that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Wayne Community College President Kay Albertson speaks to members of the media following a shooting on campus in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed Monday in the shooting at the community college that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Students and faculty wait outside Wayne Community College during a lockdown following a shooting on campus in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed in the shooting at the school that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Authorities remain on the scene following a shooting at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed in the shooting at the community college that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A police officer stands by as students and faculty are allowed to return to Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed in a shooting at the school that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Students and faculty wait outside Wayne Community College during a lockdown following a shooting on campus in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed in the shooting at the community college that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A North Carolina State Highway patrolman walks the grounds on campus following a shooting at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed and the campus was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Two people hug as students and faculty wait outside Wayne Community College during a lockdown following a shooting on campus in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed in the shooting. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Maj. Tom Effler, of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, speaks to members of the media at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed Monday in a shooting at the school that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Wayne County Sheriff deputies stand by the home of shooting suspect Kenneth Stancil in Dudley, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015 following a shooting at Wayne Community College. One person was killed Monday morning in a shooting at the community college that was locked down as authorities searched for the gunman, officials said. A manhunt is underway for Stancil. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Stancil is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina, where he is accused of fatally shooting 44-year-old Ron Lane, a print shop director at Wayne Community College. Lane was gay, and authorities said they are investigating a possible hate crime. They haven't released a motive for the shooting, but Stancil was dismissed from a work study program at the print shop last month.

An extradition hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.

The police report said Stancil voluntarily gave police a statement, which authorities did not release.

During his first court appearance Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Florida, Stancil indicated he killed Lane because his former supervisor molested a relative. Nothing in police records substantiated the allegations.

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 with Morgan 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.

Lane and Stancil started working together in August. Stancil was dismissed in early March. He had been enrolled in a three-semester welding course.

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.

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Schneider reported from Daytona Beach, Florida.




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