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Teen accused of killing grandmother back in Polk County
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Teen accused of killing grandmother back in Polk County

Bartow, Florida -- The teenager accused of killing his grandmother by stabbing her to death is now in the Polk County Jail.

Highlands deputies arrested 19-year-old Jasper Smiddie on Wednesday, and he arrived in Bartow by transport vehicle just after 10 o'clock Thursday morning.

Photo Gallery: Jasper Smiddie is booked into Polk County Jail
Report: Smiddie's arrest affidavit (PDF)

Investigators say Smiddie killed his grandmother earlier this week, then called his biological father and told him what he'd done.

When deputies went to check on 67-year-old Gloria Helfrich at the Lake Wales home she shared with her grandson, they found her dead.

Autopsy results show Helfrich suffered serious injuries: a crossbow arrow shot to the back of the head, 58 stab wounds to the back, 34 stab wounds to the back of the head, one stab wound to the face and bruising to the face by a pipe wrench.

Smiddie is due to have a first appearance court Thursday afternoon.

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