Rachel Wade Trial: Teen Found Guilty in Sarah Ludemann Murder

July 23, 2010
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Rachel Wade’s trial left the teen stunned as she learned she had been convicted of 2nd degree murder in the slaying of Sarah Ludemann. Get the story here, and see photos and video below.

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This pleasant tale comes to us out of Pinellas County, Florida. What began as a rivalry between two jealous teens ended in bloody murder.

This particular story hits close to home. As a 27-year resident of the Tampa Bay area, I know Pinellas Park well. Home to many working / middle class families, it is just minutes from some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. But just like many other densely populated areas, it has its share of problems.

There are many cliché elements of this story—you have two teenage girls who are crazy about the same kid. Josh, who some portray as a tattooed, pot-smoking troublemaker, had allegedly been two-timing them. He apparently took his thuggery seriously, and even brandishes what looks like a real gun in one of the photos the victim took on her cell phone.

But it wouldn’t be the bad boy who ended up dead, nor would he be accused of stabbing a steak knife into a young girl’s heart. No, that dramatic scenario would be played out by two of his biggest admirers.

After many run-ins over their shared love, things got out of control. Nasty messages were posted online, and Rachel Wade (pictured above) claims to have caught wind that Sarah Ludemann and a group of friends were going to attack her. The defense claimed that Rachel brought a steak knife along with her for self-defense purposes, but neither side disputed that it ended up being used in the brutal attack.

The St. Petersburg Times ran a huge feature on the story last Sunday, which provided a fantastic run down of the events leading up to the incident. Known for their award winning journalism, The Times examined the human-interest angle of the story. You can find that piece here.

I’ve also included some photos and video related to the Rachel Wade Trial and Sarah Ludemann murder below. Sarah is in the center photo.

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14 Responses to “Rachel Wade Trial: Teen Found Guilty in Sarah Ludemann Murder”

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    Mandi Says:

    This is crazy. I also live in the Tampa area and have family in Pinellas Park. High school drama happens to everyone, but why kids feel the need to bring it to this level is just beyond me. Where were their parents in all this?

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    Joan Says:

    I agree, someone should have intervened way before things got violent.

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    Stacey Says:

    I think this whole situation is rediculous. Let me come at you with three people and see what you do. In my opinion there was no reason for her to be found guilty and its really disturbing that she was.

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    Jen Elly Says:

    this is beyond sad:( two girls lives are ruined/over for some stupid guy.

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    Jeanette Says:

    Such a sad story, just because of a boy.

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    Sandy Says:

    Totally not worth it…what’s with these kids these days?!

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    Mia Says:

    Good. She deserved to be found guilty. Girls are so stupid. You dont turn on the other girl you turn on the idiot boy who started all of the mess in the first place. Rot in jail Rachel Wade!

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    venediza Says:

    The boyfriend and his sister should be punished too, there just as guilty!!!! They should all be punished equally not just Wade!!!!

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    DD Says:

    sad, sad, sad.

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    Rachelle Says:

    What a tragedy

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