Two Greenbrier High School students recently arrested for conspiring to kidnap and kill another student were in a romantic relationship, said one suspect’s father.
Lon Annis, stepfather of 17-year-old Christian-Reef Adams Annis, said his estranged son is the boyfriend of a 15-year-old girl who allegedly enlisted him to murder their classmate.
Annis also said Christian-Reef suffers from the neurological disorder Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
However, Lon Annis said he doesn’t believe it played a significant factor in Christian-Reef getting involved in a murder plot.
“He’s pretty easily influenced, but he knows the difference between right and wrong,” he said.
But Annis said he wasn’t surprised when he learned of his stepson’s involvement due to his past history.
“He was arrested last year at the school ... for trying to sell prescription medication,” Lon Annis said. “He’s even threatened (by text) to kill me before.”
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said in an email today that he could not disclose any information on past crimes possibly committed by Christian-Reef.
On Monday, authorities arrested Christian-Reef at the school. He told sheriff’s office investigators that he was asked by the 15-year-old to help kill another unsuspecting student at the school in Evans, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Police arrested Friday the 15-year-old suspect from Evans for planning and enlisting help to murder the girl.
Christian-Reef Annis, of the 5900 block of Rousseau Creek Road in Thomson, told police “she was going to beat her with a crowbar,” according to the report.
Another Greenbrier student enlisted to help in the plot instead informed school officials, who then called the sheriff’s office.
School system Superintendent Charles Nagle said this morning he believes Annis is in special needs courses at Greenbrier High, but Greenbrier Principal Chris Segraves would not confirm Nagle’s statement. Lon Annis said he doesn’t believe Christian-Reef takes special needs classes, but was unsure since he has not spoken with his stepson in nearly three years.
Annis said he and Christian-Reef’s mother have been seeking a divorce since February 2009.
Though a Thomson resident, Annis legally is allowed to attend school in Columbia County because his mother is a lunchroom worker at a middle school in the county.
State law allows public school employees to transport their children to a school within the system in which they work even if they live in a different county. They just have to live in Georgia.
A phone call to Annis’ mother this morning was met with threats of seeking legal action for harassment. She also noted that Annis’ uncle is a judge.
Lon Annis said his brother, Superior Court Judge Michael Annis, has nothing to do with Christian-Reef or his mother.
“It makes us all sick that he (Christian-Reef) is linked to Mike,” he said. “He hasn’t had anything to do with him ... in almost three years.”
A phone message left this morning at Judge Annis’ office wasn’t immediately returned.
The 15-year-old suspect currently is being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Sandersville. She is charged with criminal solicitation.
Annis was released Tuesday from the Columbia County Detention Center on a $5,100 bond. He is charged with conspiracy to commit a felony.
Segraves said that both students have been suspended from school pending a disciplinary hearing.