A neighbor of Hanna Mack’s family has been charged with the first-grader’s murder.
Shaun Earl Arender, a 19-year-old unemployed construction worker, has been arrested and is being held on a 2.5 million dollar bond in the local jail.
Shaun Earl Arender’s DNA has been matched with biological samples collected from the shirt that 6-year-old Hanna Mack was wearing at the crime scene where her body was found hanging in her family’s garage on the 10th of September.
Shaun Arender’s DNA was also matched with blood that authorities found on a kitchen knife found inside the girl’s house.
While Kevin Wayne Anders, Hanna Mack’s mom’s live-in boyfriend, was originally the prime suspect, he was only arrested and charged with the possession of child pornography. He currently remains in jail on that charge.
It seems that Shaun Earl Arender, who was in jail since his arrest on the 12th of September for burglary and marijuana possession, will be the one on trial for Hanna Mack’s murder.
When he was questioned on Wednesday, the 26th of September about how his DNA was found on the scene, Shaun Arender refused to talk, choosing instead to put his head down on the table in front of him and cry.
Shaun Arender cut himself with a piece of glass two days before the DNA match was made and was taken to the hospital.
When asked why he did it, Mr. Arender said he cut himself because he was depressed.
Shaun Arender’s family has apologized for his behavior.
Lowetta Conkle, Arender’s Aunt, stated:
I apologize for him, I want to kill him, but I apologize for him.