For the mother of the female student at Logan County High School, who became victim to an alleged stalker, life has changed drastically for her and her family, now wondering what is around the corner at every step.
“You can’t believe how something like this can happen, and the fear it causes. Even when you hear about it on the news in other communities, it’s surreal when it happens to your own family,” said the mother, who wishes to remain anonymous due to the severity of what was confessed involving her teenage daughter.
Trenton Dale Willis, a senior at Logan County High School, was arrested Feb. 24 and charged with second degree terroristic threatening and second degree stalking, after he admitted to police he followed a female student and confessed in detail how he wanted to murder her.
The alleged victim and Willis were not involved in a relationship, in fact, they barely knew each other at all, according to the alleged victim’s mother.
“They weren’t even friends. He was just a boy she had a class with,” said the mother. “My daughter is a nice girl, she is nice to everyone, even if she does not know them. I always taught her to be nice to everyone. One day this kid comes up to her in class and says hi, and it was all down hill from there. She began seeing him everywhere she went. He followed her. He would stare at her and it began to frighten her.”
One day last week, Willis allegedly talked about killing the female student around others, who quickly reacted and told the school administration. The Logan County Sheriff’s Department was called in and Willis was soon arrested.
According to Willis’ arrest report he explained to officers that he had thought about conducting the murder of the girl with a knife (cutting her throat), strangling her with a rope, or running over her with his vehicle. He further stated he had thought about doing it at the school and that he was obsessed with her.
Willis, who was given a $10,000 bond by District Judge Sue Carol Browning and strict instructions to stay away from the alleged victim, her family and the school, posted bond soon after his arrest, and is now out of jail awaiting the legal process.
His release, said the mother of the alleged victim, has got her and her family scared for their lives.
“We don’t know what he will do. He is obviously obsessed with my daughter, and I’m afraid what he may do now that he is out free. Will he listen to the judge? I don’t know. I don’t understand why this individual hasn’t been made to undergo a physiological evaluation before being allowed to roam free until a trial,” said the mother. “Since when do those who think this way listen to laws? My daughter and our family are fearful for her life.”
Judge Browning explained she is required by the Constitution to set a reasonable bond and those who are charged with crimes have the right to post the bond.
“I have set very strict conditions in this case, and if they are not followed, bond will be revoked,” said Browning.