PORT ALLEN - One of two men suspected in the beating death of a Florida woman admitted Thursday to a reporter that he killed the victim.
“It was a huge mistake ? a stupid-ass decision,” Tyler McClain said. “It wasn’t over drugs. I don’t know where it came from. I didn’t mean to kill her.”
McClain and his co-defendant, Bradley A. Suntich, 25, waived extradition in a Port Allen courtroom Thursday morning, agreeing to be transported back to Florida to face first-degree murder and attempted murder charges.
Both suspects and the victims are from Port Orange, Fla.
After the hearing, Suntich bowed his head, declining to speak to a reporter.
McClain, however, spoke about the beatings, saying he had dated Angela Hill for six years and deserves to be punished, even if it means getting the death penalty.
“I just want to get this over with,” he said. “I’ll go with whatever they want to give me.”
McClain also said he and Suntich didn’t have a specific destination in mind when they stole Laura Hill’s Toyota sport utility vehicle from Florida and started driving west.
“We didn’t have a plan,” he said. “We just started driving.”
West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the men on Interstate 10 early Friday morning, but the men sped up, reaching speeds over 100 mph.
The men led two deputies and a State Police trooper on a 12-mile chase off the interstate and into Iberville Parish. They were caught as they tried to turn around on a dead-end street.