Buckingham murder suspect claims victim sexually abused her

Posted at 10:15 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 07:29:21-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Graphic new details are emerging about the brutal murder of a Lee County man inside a home last month.

Ted Lee's body was found behind a dumpster in a church parking lot in Manatee County.
Three were charged with second degree murder in this case: 23-year-old Hunter Tyson, 18-year-old Jonathan Ruffini, and a 16-year-old girl who lived next to Lee.
Neighbors said at one time, the girl lived with Lee.
The girl told detectives Lee sexually abused her for years, so Fox 4 is no longer identifying her.
The arrest warrants for Tyson and Ruffini reveal Lee was stabbed and bludgeoned to death; Tyson armed himself with a baseball bat and Ruffini with a knife.
The warrant said Tyson struck Lee 15-20 times in the head/facial area with over-the-head, full-force swings.
"Ted had sort of a baseball bat for protection and security," Don Markham, Lee's next-door-neighbor, said. "That, in turn, destroyed his head, his brain, his mind."
Ruffini told detectives he stabbed Lee in the stomach.
"He had a knife collection, which, in turn, was used for a cuttlery session on himself. It's horrible," Markham said.
Ruffini also told investigators the third person arrested in this case, the 16-year-old girl, asked him and Tyson to murder Lee for her.
The girl told Tyson and Ruffini she's been the victim of ongoing sexual molestation from Lee since she was eight-years-old.
Markham described Lee as a "brother from another mother," and said the allegations aren't true.
"Her nose is probably growing long out of her jail cell, because she's not saying the truth," Markham said.
The girl's sister told detectives she confided in her about the crime, saying she'd been planning the murder for more than two months, and Tyson and Ruffini did it for her.