Lions Daily

By Nava L., Ashley M., Megan K., and Elizabeth H.

Homicide in the Middle School

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Murder of Kelly Lecceardone

On Friday, November 13, Kelly Lecceardone, a 6th grade English teacher, who worked at the Lovett School, was tragically murdered at around 4:30 P.M. When the results from the autopsy returned, the coroner found that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and a fatal poison known as Cyanide. The cyanide took about twenty minutes to kill Ms. Lecceardone, which means she was given the poison at around 4:10 P.M. This poison was also identified to be at the crime scene, and 30 mg of this drug can be made with five bitter almonds, which is the dose that was given to Ms. L. When the police got to the crime scene, they reported that they found Ms. Lecceardone with a large, bloody gash in the back of her head.

Crime Scene

Near the time of her death, Ms. Lecceardone was seen by many witnesses going into the tutorial room on the second floor of the Portman Family Middle School located at the Lovett School. When the police found the body at 11:30 P.M, there were many traces of blood on her magazines and papers and a white substance near the waist of the body that the 7th grade forensics team identified as cyanide; there was also pieces of food such as gummy bears, Skittles, Milky Way wrappers, bitter almonds, and beans along with a map of Europe, grammar review sheets, and a spilled glass mug. Additionally, there was a chair flipped over with a bloody handprint, that was identified as human type B blood. Futhermore, there was an upright chair located near writing on the white board that read No More Songs. Under the 4b evidence plaque there was a note that said "You will never win."


The police decided that there were four suspects; all of them worked at the Lovett School and taught in 6th grade with Ms. Lecceardone. Their names are Jack Parrish, a History and English teacher, Andy Sayles, a History teacher, Chris Ekholm, the middle school drama teacher, and John Rice, another History teacher. Each of these suspects had motive and means to kill Ms. L.


After many hours gaining background information, police have taken Andy Sayles off of the suspect list; although the pen used at the crime scene did belong to him, there were numerous scenarios that could have occurred that prove Mr. Sayle’s innocence. Andy Sayles, John Rice, and Jack Parish are known to Lovett as the the three 6th grade history teachers. Since these people teach the same subject, the three men are constantly in the same room planning their future lessons. Because of this easy scenario, it would have made it simple for the murderer to take Mr. Sayles pen, and use it at the crime scene. In addition, Mr. Sayles motive was very minimal. In an interrogation with Rachel Chou, he confessed to an unheated argument about who should take over the 6th grade Chattanooga trip. Kelly ended up taking control. Also during the interview, Mr. Sayles said that he was in Serembe at 4:00 P.M; thirty minutes before Kelly’s death. Serembe is about forty-six minutes away from The Lovett School without traffic. Since Mr. Sayles was so far away from the school, there was no possible way he would have been able to get to Lovett to commit the murder at 4:30 P.M. To add, John Rice is no longer a prime suspect in the murder of Kelly Lecceardone. Mr. Rice’s blood was found on a rag at the batting cages at The Lovett School. The rag was NOT found on the second floor tutorial room. Although this blood was present on the rag, there is no evidence to suggest that the rag was anywhere near the crime scene at 4:00 P.M. Furthermore, Mr. Rice had a very minimal motive. He simply had a small argument with Ms. Lecceardone about the professionality of his pants. Finally, Mr. Rice had a great alibi. Many witnesses can confirm that he was with old baseball friends eating lunch.

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Currently, a city-wide manhunt has been issued for Jack Parrish and Chris Ekholm. The police claim that the murder was a two-man-job. There was a high amount of evidence stacked against them by The Lovett School 7th grade Forensics team. Mr. Parrish and Mr. Ekholm were together at lunch and they talked to an agent about getting Mr. Parrish a possible role in the acting business. To add, some strands of Mr. Parrish’s hair was found at the crime scene. Mr. Parrish has longer hair than Mr. Ekholm, so he would be more likely to leave strands of hair; however, this evidence is not sufficient because the hair may have been there before the crime occurred. Since Ms. Lecceardone and Mr. Parrish are both English teachers, they both could’ve been consulting in the tutorial room before the murder. Unsurprisingly, Chris Ekholm’s fingerprints and blood were found at the crime scene. The blood at the scene was similar to Mr. Ekholm's blood type, which concludes that the blood at the scene was type B blood. Mr. Ekholms fingerprints were also found near Mrs. Lecceardone body. He has a whorl type of fingerprint, and that matches the fingerprint found at the crime scene. Another important clue is that Mr. Ekholm’s would not usually have a reason to be at the crime scene location before the murder, because he teaches drama class on the 3rd floor of the Middle School and the homicide took place on the second floor of the Middle School.

Why did they do it?

Detective Rachel Chou is responsible for interrogating the four suspects. During these interrogations, both Mr. Parrish and Mr. Ekholm stated their motives for killing Ms. Lecceardone. Mr. Parish declared that he was sick of grammar songs she wrote, and at the crime scene, the words No More Songs was written on the board. Whereas, Mr. Ekholm’s motive is the fact that Kelly insulted Shakespeare, who is someone that Mr. Ekholm admires. In addition, Mr. Ekholm was found with bitter almonds on his desk in the drama room. This proves that he had the resources to poison Ms. Lecceardone. Both of the suspects’ alibis were very suspicious. Firstly, the members of the housekeeping staff witnessed Mr. Parish arguing with Ms. L around 4:00 P.M, thirty minutes before the time of her death. Also, Mr. Ekholm stated, during an interrogation, that no one can confirm that he left school, which gives him no solid alibi.