Deerfield Beach Middle School Attack UPDATE: Disturbing text messages released

05/25/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Deerfield Beach, FL—While 15-year-old Wayne Treacy remains jailed, his defense attorney released text messages between him and Deerfield Beach Middle School student Josie Lou Ratley just prior to the horrific March 17 attack. Treacy brutally beat Ratley, leaving her hospitalized for nearly a month due to severe injuries, including a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The disturbing text messages were released Friday, May 21, 2010, as reported by and previous information provided by Justice News Flash.

Reports indicate Treacy had attempted to contact his 13-year-old girlfriend by texting Ratley’s phone. However, Ratley disapproved of Treacy’s relationship with the middle school girl.

The racy text messages included the following:

• Ratley—“Stop txtn mi phone rapest n if u don’t care just stop tryin me k, N just go visit ur dead brother.”

• Treacy—“Ur (expletive) dead! I swear to God! I’m going to kill you. I’ll (expletive) find you? Your (expletive) is cold, dead meat.”

• Ratley—“K u make me giggle. ‘takes one 2 know one.”

• Treacy—“Watch how much you laugh when I strangle the life outta you!! You’re (expletive). You said the wrong thing to the wrong person.”

According to the attorney representing Treacy in the case, “At that point, he wasn’t thinking about the text messages that Josie Ratley sent to him. He was visualizing his brother hanging from a tree… Josie Ratley just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, unfortunately, and because of that, she paid a price.”

Reports also noted the steel-toed boots Treacy was wearing during the beating belonged to his brother.

The ninth grade offender was formally indicted on Friday, April 16, 2010, denied bond and arraigned via video on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Ratley, on the other hand, is in rehabilitation and must relearn essential physical and mental tasks.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Florida Criminal Lawyers.

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