Jason Shenfeld, a 26-year-old man from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is being held on first-degree murder, sexual battery, and false imprisonment charges after his parents discovered the body of an 18-year-old woman in his bedroom closet. They grew suspicious after Shenfeld appeared nervous and locked his bedroom door every time he left the room. When his mother asked for his bed sheets to wash, he refused to give them up. Then on Friday night, his father forced his way into the room and opened his closet to retrieve the sheets. There, he found the body of Amanda Buckley, under his sheets and clothes.

Shenfeld explained that the girl had overdosed on drugs, and he hid her in a panic. However, she was found with duct tape in her hair, bruises on her body, and evidence of rape. An autopsy confirmed that she had been strangled, beaten over the head, and sexually abused. Also in his room was a garbage bag filled with duct tape and rope. Buckley was a recent high school graduate and softball star who planned to attend college.

Before they called 911, Shenfeld’s father and uncle drove to their attorney’s house and brought him to the scene. Shenfeld had already had a criminal history. In February, he was accused of sexually assaulting two women, ages 18 and 19 at his former home in North Palm Beach. The charges were eventually dropped due to conflicts in evidence despite serving probation for a robbery conviction. Back in February 2002, Janet Welker was assaulted by Shenfeld one night in her driveway. He approached her in a friendly manner and then began beating her over the head with a cell phone telling her it was a gun.

His behavior problems stemmed from childhood. He was diagnosed with hemophilia at an early age and tried to hide his condition. In the seventh grade, he was kicked out of school for behavioral problems and began smoking marijuana. He appeared to have turned his life around. He was in his second year of an electrical apprenticeship at Palm Beach Community College. He was getting along with his parents and a steady girlfriend. He also lived on his own and took care of himself. It now appears that he will be taking care of himself in jail.

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