ECSO: Teen watched in terror through rearview mirror as mom helped kill her boyfriend
A teenager told investigators she watched helplessly in her rearview mirror as her mother helped a Cantonment man murder her boyfriend, whose body they left on the side of the road riddled with bullets.
"It’s tragic," Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons told the News Journal. "Whenever you start to hear the series of events that took place, you are left shaking your head. It’s left a 19-year-old without a boyfriend who has been killed, a mother in jail and a grandmother in jail.
"Again, it just leaves you shaking your head about how it got this far," the sheriff added. "This is the type of stuff that you see in a movie, but it’s certainly not the type of the stuff that you normally see around here."
Dawn Sluder, 38, of Pensacola, was arrested Monday on a first-degree premeditated murder charge in the death of her 19-year-old daughter's 34-year-old boyfriend, Danny Blackmon Jr.
Sluder is accused of standing by as her own boyfriend, Jonathon Hobbs, shot Blackmon multiple times Monday near the intersection of Lawson Lane and Jacks Branch Road. Hobbs, 28, also was charged with first-degree premeditated murder. Both he and Sluder were booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond.
The events that led to Blackmon's death stemmed from Sluder's anger over Blackmon dating her 19-year-old daughter, Simmons told the News Journal.
"This is a crazy and deadly series of events that took place over Saturday, Sunday and into Monday," Simmons explained.
Sluder called the ECSO on Saturday to report her daughter missing.
"(The daughter) told us, 'I'm not missing, I'm with my boyfriend, and my mother just doesn’t like it,'" Simmons recounted. "Then, on Sunday, the 19-year-old's grandmother — and the grandmother's boyfriend — broke into and burglarized Blackmon's home."
The teenager later told investigators she and Blackmon were at the Lawson Lane home they shared at about 2 p.m. Monday when Hobbs and Sluder arrived unexpectedly.
Their unannounced visit scared the teen because of ongoing issues with her mother, so she and Blackmon locked themselves inside their house and called the ECSO. By the time deputies arrived, Hobbs and Sluder were gone.
After the deputies left, the teenager and Blackmon got into their F-150 truck and drove down Lawson Lane toward Jacks Branch Road.
However, "they became concerned that if they left their house that Sluder and Hobbs may do something," the report stated. So they turned around and were heading home when they spotted Sluder’s SUV coming around a bend.
The teenager told deputies that Blackmon told her they had to "do things by the books" and instructed her to drive the truck home where she should call the police, asking her to leave him on the road.
As the teenager drove away, she watched the scene unfold through her rearview mirror.
Sluder got out of the SUV and approached Blackmon, yelling in his face as he stood in front of her with his hands in his pockets, according to the teen.
Hobbs then got out of the SUV while holding a gun and moved toward Blackmon. The teenager said she started to turn around the pickup truck "when she saw Hobbs walk up next to Sluder and shoot Blackmon multiple times at near pointblank range."
The teenager said Hobbs then stepped closer, stood over the man, looked at him and fired more bullets into his body.
According to the arrest report, Blackmon was found with "numerous gunshot wounds to his body, neck and head."
As the teenager reversed her truck to try to intervene, her mother got back into the SUV and slammed the vehicle into the back of her daughter's truck with enough power to throw the teenager around inside the truck cab, according to the report.
The teenager managed to exit the truck and begin CPR on Blackmon.
Sluder caught up with her daughter, beating the teenager as she tried to render aid and dragged her away from Blackmon's body by her hair, according to the report.
At that point, a passerby stopped his own vehicle, pulled Sluder away from her daughter, checked Blackmon's pulse and believed that Blackmon had already died.
A short time later, ECSO deputies apprehended Sluder while she was fleeing the scene in her SUV. Hobbs, who fled the scene on foot, turned himself to authorities about an hour after the shooting.
The teenager's grandmother, Holly Marie Sluder, and her grandmother's boyfriend, Charles Parker, were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with the Sunday burglary of Blackmon's house, Simmons said.
Holly Marie Sluder, 57, and Parker, 63, both of Pensacola, were each charged with one count of burglary and booked into the Escambia County Jail with $50,000 bonds. County records indicated that they remained in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.
Colin Warren-Hicks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-435-8680.