Teen accused of murder is cancer survivor

Teen accused of murder is cancer survivor

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

New details have surfaced about a 15-year-old boy sitting in jail for murder. 

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Konrad Schafer, the teenager arrested in a series of summer shootings in Osceola County which left two people dead, is a leukemia survivor with a troubled past.

In August, a grand jury indicted Schafer and co-defendants Victoria Rios, 17, David Damus, 20, and Juan Muriel, 20, on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm and armed burglary of a dwelling with a firearm.  The two teens will be tried as adults.

Schafer is charged in two separate murder investigations --  a deadly Poinciana home invasion and a drive-by shooting in Kissimmee, which police are calling a random act of violence.

Detectives said the weapon used in the deadly shootings belonged to the teenager's father, Lothar Hans Shafer Jr., who had just purchased the gun.   They said Konrad Schafer took the gun out every night and shot at cars, homes, and other things, without his father's knowledge.

The newspaper reports that Schafer was on probation for battery but had been charged as a juvenile.

Read more on this story at OrlandoSentinel.com.

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