BCSO: Text messages tell of escape attempt after Callaway man murdered his mother


CALLAWAY, Fla. (WMBB) — A Callaway man stabbed and killed his mother, then confessed to the crime in person to one witness and by text message to another, court records show.

Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies wrote that Dikajah Teague stabbed and killed her mother in her Chipewa Street apartment. He later confessed to a man who had been living with the victim for three weeks because she was afraid of her son.

The man, Deitrick Williams, told deputies he went to the beach on Sunday and called several times to check in with the victim, who did not answer his phone. When he got to his apartment, he couldn’t get in. However, Teague came forward and told Williams, “he did something wrong, but didn’t want Williams to get mad at him.”

He then confessed to the murder. When Williams told Teague he didn’t believe him, Teague handed him the key to the apartment and told him to “go back and see for yourself,” according to court records.

After this confession, Teague left and said he was heading to Tampa. But before his escape attempt, Teague encountered another man at a local gas station. This man later told deputies that Teague was “listening in”.

Teague also sent the man a series of text messages suggesting he needed help getting out of town.

“don’t make a scene”; ‘help me bra please’; ‘they might find her ah’; and ‘delete dese’, he wrote.

The meaning of text messages is sometimes difficult to discern. However, investigators said they thought “they might find her ah”, referring to the body of Teague’s mother. They added that this: “I di dat fr delete diss” was an admission of murder.

Deputies caught Teague in Callaway and arrested him. He denied killing his mother and “refused to believe his mother was dead when told,” investigators wrote.

Teague also denied being at home when she was killed, but when asked if her cellphone may have been in the area, “he recanted and said he may have driven to the residence,” the court records state.

Teague is charged with murder. He is due to appear for the first time before a judge on Monday afternoon.


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