Two Greenbrier High School students charged in conspiring to kidnap and kill another student were in a romantic relationship, one suspect’s father said.
Lon Annis, the stepfather of 17-year-old Christian-Reef Adams Annis, said his estranged son is the boyfriend of a 15-year-old girl who, police say, enlisted him to kill their classmate.
Lon Annis also said his stepson suffers from the neurological disorder Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Lon Annis said he doesn’t think that played a significant factor in Annis’ getting involved in a plot, though.
“He’s pretty easily influenced, but he knows the difference between right and wrong,” the stepfather said.
He wasn’t surprised when he learned of his stepson’s involvement because of his history.
“He was arrested last year at the school … for trying to sell prescription medication,” Lon Annis said. “He’s even threatened (by text) to kill me before.”
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said in an e-mail Wednesday that he could not disclose any information on a possible criminal record.
On Monday, authorities arrested Annis at the school. He told sheriff’s office investigators that he was asked by the 15-year-old to help kill another student at the school in Evans, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. On Friday, police arrested the 15-year-old suspect from Evans for planning and enlisting help to kill the girl.
Christian Annis, of the 5900 block of Rousseau Creek Road in Thomson, told police the 15-year-old “was going to beat her with a crowbar,” according to the report.
Another Greenbrier student who was enlisted to help in the plot informed school officials, who called the sheriff’s office.
School Superintendent Charles Nagle said Wednesday morning that he believes Annis is in special-needs courses at Greenbrier High, but Greenbrier Principal Chris Segraves would not confirm Nagle’s statement. Lon Annis said he doesn’t believe that his stepson takes special-needs classes, but was unsure because he has not spoken with him in nearly three years.
Lon Annis said he and the teenager’s mother have been seeking a divorce since February 2009.
Though a Thomson resident, Annis is allowed to attend school in Columbia County because his mother is a lunchroom worker at a middle school in the county.
A phone call to Annis’ mother Wednesday morning was met with threats of seeking legal action for harassment.
The 15-year-old is charged with criminal solicitation and being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Sandersville, Ga.