A jury on Wednesday found 16-year-old Teah Wimberly guilty of murdering her 15-year-old classmate.
Wimberly was 15, when she shot and killed her friend, Amanda Collette, in the hallways of Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Now she faces a possible life sentence.
During a 23-minute statement to police, Wimberly said she had been in a lesbian relationship with the victim, whom she was deeply in love with, and became upset when the girl broke up with her."I love her more than I love any human on earth," Wimberly said. "I can't believe I hurt her."
Wimberly's attorney, Larry S. Davis, says tragedies in the teen's early years are what brought her to this point. He says abandonment, sexual molestation and beatings in her childhood lead to a mental ilness.
Davis will try to have the teen confined to mental facility, instead of a prison.
The victim, an adorable ballet dancer, loved to text her friends and have fun on weekends. The smartest girl in her classes, she always knew the right thing to say. She was apart of a dance group called "Wreckless" and had danced at her friend's Sweet 16.
The murder occurred in November of 2008. The honor student was summoned to a vending machine by Wimberly.
After a confrontation, Wimberly fired a single shot, killing Collette with a bullet to the torso.
Shortly after the shooting, Wimberly fled to a nearby restaurant, where she dialed 911 and surrendered to police.