It was May 13, 2018 when 33-year-old teacher Rachael DelTondo went out for ice cream with friends.
“‘We are going to Hanks for ice cream. Little did I know those were the last words from my baby,” Rachael’s mother Lisa DelTondo told “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty.
Rachael DeTondo’s friend Lauren Watkins drove and said she dropped Rachael at her home after they went to Hank’s Frozen Custard. Lauren claimed that she ensured Rachael reached her house before leaving. Rachael died shortly after being shot. Rachael was found dead at her front yard.
Rachael’s parents, Lisa and Joe DelTondo immediately believed Sheldon Jeter Jr. — then a 20-year-old former high school football star — was responsible for her death. Michael Santicola, Jeter’s attorney said that their relationship went beyond friendship.
” They had been in a long-term relationship,” Santicola says.
Sheldon Jeter’s uncle Michael Moreland, who Jeter lived in with, says that he was aware Sheldon was having an affair but didn’t know the identity.
Lisa DelTondo claims that there wasn’t anything romantic between Sheldon and her daughter. Rachael, she claims, was trying to assist Jeter as she was a teacher. Jeter then mistook Rachael’s kindness for romantic love.
“He was obsessed with her,” DelTondo told “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty in “Who Killed Rachael DelTondo? “ airing Saturday, December 11 at 10: 01/9: 01c on CBS and Paramount+.
Sheldon Jeter’s uncle claims that Jeter was home on the night Rachael died.
” He was home with his dad, because he cared for my father at night,” stated Moreland.
It was almost two years to the day after Rachael was killed, May 15, 2020, that another trip for ice cream ended in death. Tyric Pugh was the victim, who Sheldon Jeter (and Michael Moreland) considered to be a family member. Pugh had been with Jeter, Moreland and the victim at Bruster’s Ice Cream earlier in that day.
Once again, Sheldon Jeter and the victim’s relationship brought the focus back to him. After discovering that Pugh had listed Jeter’s address on his driver’s licence, investigators arrived at Jeter’s door to investigate the murder. Moreland verified that Pugh had lived with them at times.
Jeter willingly spoke with investigators about his whereabouts the night Pugh was killed, but surveillance footage told a different story. Jeter and Tyric Pug were captured leaving their home and Jeter returned alone. A motorist discovered Pugh’s body and called 911. He had also been shot several times, just like Rachael delTondo.
Jeter spoke again with police officers the following day.
” It doesn’t seem good for you. “It doesn’t,” stated the trooper of state police who interviewed Jeter.
During the interview, Jeter was subject to a warrant for search and an item of interest was discovered under Jeter’s mattress.
“The state police crime lab examined the weapon and examined the evidence from the crime scene and determined in the report that that weapon fired the rounds responsible for Tyric Pugh’s death,” said investigative reporter and “48 Hours” consultant John Paul Vranesevich.
Sheldon Jeter went on trial for the murder of Tyric Pugh in June 2021. His friend was murdered and he is currently serving a life sentence.
As for the Rachael DelTondo case, it has been reported that a Pennsylvania statewide grand jury has heard testimony involving Sheldon Jeter. Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier said that he was satisfied with the evidence and did not mention a suspect. We’ll announce when we feel we have the ability to win a case up to the criminal standard beyond reasonable doubt.
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