The final date has been set for murder suspect and Gulf Breeze native Brandon William Aydelott, 20, to stand trial Tuesday, Oct. 11, for the Christmas Eve murder of his mother Sharron Aydelott.
Aydelott will face a trial by judge rather than a jury state attorney Bill Eddins said.
“In a case like this where the facts are not overly complicated and there are mixed questions of law and fact both sides may decide this is appropriate,” he said. “Sometimes insanity cases are decided by a judge and not a jury. It is a case by case decision.”
Both the defense and prosecution agreed to this type of trial. Evidence in the trial will be presented starting at roughly 8 a.m. at the Santa Rosa County Courthouse, and the trial is scheduled to last one day. Judge John Simmons Jr. is presiding over the case.
The ruling can go three ways: guilty, not guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity.
That last possibility could be the issue. The trial has been held up for three years due to Aydelott being found incompetent to stand trial back in 2013. During previous court event he was seen muttering to himself.
After treatment and two evaluations by two separate doctors in September found that he was now competent to stand trial.
Aydelott is accused of brutally bludgeoning his mother with a baseball bat and stabbing her to death. He was 17 years old at the time. He also faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer for an incident that occurred while he was being held in Santa Rosa County Jail.
The Santa Rosa County arrest report said that at the time of his arrest Aydelott was found at his residence with blood on his hands and wrists.
If convicted he could face life in prison or the death penalty.
Look for coverage of the trial in the Navarre Press.