Kenneth Stancil, a 20-year-old North Carolina man, gunned down 44-year-old Ron Lane this month in a shooting that at first had authorities baffled, at least as to the motive.
The heavily tattooed Stancil, pictured above, had worked for Lane in the print shop of a North Carolina community college as part of a work-study program but had recently been dismissed from his job.
Stancil went on the run after Lane’s death and was found sleeping on the sands of Daytona Beach, Florida. Police said he had a knife in his hand when they woke him up but he dropped it and complied when he saw that law enforcement had caught up to him.
It wasn’t until Kenneth Stancil was arraigned that he came out with the full details as to what his motives were in killing Lane.
“I just want you to know, I ridded one less [expletive] child molester from the [expletive] earth that [expletive] with my little brother,” Stancil said as police escorted him from the courtroom. “All right? That’s all I got to say. I don’t give a [expletive] how much time they give me. Doing time is the easy [expletive] part, know what I’m saying?”
After fatally shooting Ron Lane at the print shop where he used to work, Stancil boarded his motorcycle and rode until it broke down. He then hitchhiked to Daytona Beach, where he was apprehended.
“That’s a scary thing, and fortunately nobody was hurt, and our officers did a great job, and they were able to apprehend the subject without any problems,” said Volusia Beach Safety Ocean Rescue’s Tammy Marris in comments to WFTV.
(Pictured above, Ron Lane.)
It’s important to note before jumping in with a lynch-mob mentality that criminals, particularly confirmed killers, are not above making up stories about their victims to try and make their crimes more palatable.
Until more is known about the alleged sexual assault that Kenneth Stancil says he was reacting to, it’s hard to tell whether the accused is being genuine or if he’s simply trying to shore up a defense for a lesser sentence.
Still, it does bring up an interesting question: If you had a loved one who was molested and you knew it to be a fact — or if you have had this happen in your family — what do you think the appropriate response would be? Could you see the logic in what Kenneth Stancil did, or does the system work well enough to respond? Sound off in the comments section.