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UPDATE: Mother joins son in jail on obstruction charge in Cape Coral murder case

Lee County deputies says they're investigating witness tampering, where suspect Thomas Stein and his family were threatened at gunpoint by the family of suspect Christopher Horne.
Posted at 5:33 PM, May 09, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-10 11:13:57-04

Update (May 10th):

Shanice Stewart, the mother of a suspect accused of murder in the case of Kayla Rincon - Miller, appeared in court on Friday.

She is charged with obstruction of justice.

Judge Zachary M. Gill set Stewart's bond at $75,000.

She has been ordered to wear a supervised GPS monitor upon release, and is not allowed to have contact with the alleged suspects or co-defendants - including Horne's father with the exception of co-parenting matters.

Original Reporting

Things have taken another turn in the case of a teen shot and killed in a Cape Coral street on St. Patrick's Day.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested one of the suspects' mother.

Thomas Stein and Christopher Horne are accused of killing Kayla Rincon-Miller during a bizarre robbery attempt.

Cape Coral 15-year-old, Kayla Rincon-Miller.
Cape Coral 15-year-old, Kayla Rincon-Miller.

Both are 16 and both are charged as adults.

Horne's mother is now facing allegations - charged with obstruction of justice.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says they're investigating witness tampering where Stein and his family were threatened at gunpoint by Horne's family.

Shanice Stewart Obstruction of Justice Charge Suspect
Shanice Stewart

Deputies say Thomas Stein's mother was ordered not to speak to police, or another one of her children would be harmed.

In court on Thursday, the prosecutor asks, "Who are the people that were identified with tampering her and her son?".

Thomas Stein

The deputy responds, "Ultimately identified in the case were Shanice Stewart Christopher Horne's mother, Faraka Stewart his aunt, and Christopher Horne senior - his father."

We also learned that following the March 17th murder, the Horne family moved their belongings out and left their home.

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That's according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say that is why it took officers nearly a month to find Horne and arrest him.

The judge denied bail for Horne Thursday, as prosecutors reminded the court Horne posed a risk to public safety.

The Cape Coral Police Department says more arrests are possible.