‘I just hope our families get justice’: Families of St. Augustine shooting victims brace for emotional week

Nearly three years after the two were killed, both families say they live each day filled with grief and want justice.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida. The trial of a man accused of killing a young couple in St. Augustine is due to begin on Tuesday.

The mothers of both victims, 16-year-old Sydney Rounceville and 21-year-old Kyle Stein, say they want the suspect, Anferni Wilson, to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Nearly three years after the two were killed, both families say they live each day filled with grief and want justice.

“Sidney was my wild child, she had the biggest heart. She was stubborn, like all the women in my family. She was always happy, always stupid,” Shaleen Rounceville said.

“Kyle was a very strong man and he had a lot of fun. He always liked to go fishing. He was a happy man,” said Christine Stein.

Nearly three years after their children were shot dead in St. Augustine, their families are gearing up for what they expect to be an emotional week in the courtroom.

“It’s definitely hard for me to just think about what his final moments might have been,” Leffel said.

Shaleen Rounsville says that on October 6, 2020, Sidney and Kyle were walking to her home at the Florida Club in St. Augustine for dinner when both were gunned down in the parking lot.

The state’s attorney’s office says the shooting was due to a failed marijuana deal. Anfernie Wilson was found in a sump nearby and arrested.

“Anferni was a friend of Sydney, they went to school together. He used to be at my house,” Shaleen Rownsville said.

However, in October 2022, Wilson initially pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, but then withdrew his plea. In the letter, he told the judge that he had left, as if he had been forced to accept a statement and that “taking 45 years (that) is actually giving away my life.”

Wilson is back in court this week. Shalin Rownsville, Kristin Stein and brother Brett Leffel say they want Wilson to spend the rest of his life in prison.

“Me and my mom don’t talk to Kyle anymore. We can’t call him. Christmas holidays have been taken away from us. We stick together to stay strong for each other. said.

“I just hope our families get justice. I’m still getting a kick in the chest for her absence and all the things she’s not going to do,” Shaleen Rounceville added.

Jury selection closed on Monday, and opening statements are due Tuesday morning at the St. Johns County Courthouse. We’ll have a team in the courtroom.

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