FSU Student Accused of Killing Her Parents

On Friday (Aug. 21) N. Gene Nachtman was arrested in Tallahassee and taken to the Orient Road Jail on Monday.

Wearing a blue jumpsuit, the Florida State University student was taken from an unmarked patrol car and walked into the jail where she was booked. Accused of the shooting deaths of her mother and stepfather last week, Nachtman, 21, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bail.

The sophomore was enrolled at FSU, majoring in international affairs, and arrived on the campus last week to move into her dorm room. Classes at FSU began Monday, Aug. 24.

Nachtman was detained by the campus police at her dorm room in Smith Hall on Friday. She willingly went to their headquarters for questioning, authorities said.

She is accused of shooting her stepfather, R. Dienes, 67, and her mother, M. Dienes, 56. Her mother’s body was found in the next-door neighbor’s driveway, and her stepfather’s body was found inside their home in the 1400 block of Fennsbury Drive on Carrollwood on Thursday night, said deputies.

Deputies arrived at the couple’s home at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday after neighbors said they heard gunshots. The Dienes’ bodies were found immediately after they arrived at the scene.

M. Dienes was a captain in the Naval Reserve; she recently returned from a week-long training exercise.

Children Killing Their Parents

For over two decades, Kathleen Heide from the University of South Florida has been analyzing homicides involving children who kill their parents. In the United States, about five parents are killed each week by their biological children, Psychology Today reports.

While matricide (where the mother is murdered) and patricide (where the father is murdered) are very rare events, they do make up about 1% of all homicides in the U.S.

In a 2011 report by the Department of Justice, children killing their parents is the fastest growing homicide. This type of homicide increased from 9.7% of all family homicides in 1980 to 13% in 2008.

The latest federal statistics on matricide and patricide show that they are primarily committed by sons between the ages of 16 and 19, then it rapidly declines as sons get older.

Florida Penalties for First Degree Murder

In Florida, murder is covered under Section 782.04. Murder in the first degree is punishable by up to life imprisonment, and a maximum $10,000 fine.

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