Documents confirm teen arrested for girl’s murder was not the triggerman

Reporter: Amy Galo
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New information in the murder case of a 15-year-old girl in Cape Coral reveals that the man arrested was not the triggerman.

Someone shot and killed Kayla Ricon-Miller on March 17, and that person remains at large.

The Cape Coral Police Department released new information about the arrest on March 19.

Police said that they do not believe that Thomas Stein is the gunman in this case.

Currently, he is the only person arrested in this case.

The report reveals he was identified in a photo lineup by the witnesses who were present at the time of the shooting.

The report also dives into what happened after Stein’s arrest, when his mother, Jessica Stein, was interviewed.

She told officers that Thomas was at her home with two of his friends that night.

Friends who matched the description given by the two girls who were with Rincon-Miller the night she was killed.

Jessica said she did not see her son or his friends until 10 p.m., and they did have access to her vehicle, a grey Nissan Pathfinder, which she was renting.

The same SUV is seen in a video obtained by the CCPD, where the girls are seen walking at 9:30 p.m.

The SUV goes by them and then makes a U-turn. By 9:33 p.m., it is seen driving away at high speed.

Now, the question is, who were the two friends with Thomas Stein that night?

Has his mother identified them, and have they been located by Cape Coral police?

WINK News is working to obtain those answers.

If you have any information on this shooting, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8744. You can also submit tips online or on the P3 Tips mobile app. Remember, you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.

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