Authorities say the suspect charged with killing a homeless man in a Deerfield Beach alley confessed to the crime in a 911 call released Tuesday.
“Um, alright I’m on psychotic medications,” the caller, identified by the Broward Sheriff's Office as John Stabile, tells an operator in the call. “Um, I just stabbed a homeless man.”
Stabile, 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Bradley Suessine in Deerfield Beach Saturday, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
When deputies responded to the 2000 block of North Ocean Drive, Stabile was sitting on a street curb with a weapon in his waistband, the agency said. He had waited for Suessine to die before calling to report the murder, the BSO added.
“I don’t know if he’s dead or not,” Stabile said in the call.
Later in the conversation, he told the operator he had “some psychotic issues” and last took medication last night.
“I’ve been on psych meds for three years,” he said.
The call ended when authorities apprehended him.
Earlier this week, the man’s father, Richard Stabile, told NBC 6 South Florida that his son suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, manic depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, and committed the crime because he wanted to be put away in jail.
"I never saw him smile his entire life except when he was in Little League playing tee ball," he said in tears. "If he came home, I could've had him. I would've had him. This might not have happened."
But, he told NBC 6, his son didn’t get the help he should have.
"He is not the devil," he said. "He's a sick guy that didn't get the level of help he needed."
Richard Stabile said a crisis counselor from Henderson Behavioral Health, where his son was a patient, came to his home days before the alleged murder. The counselor left two hours later and said the 23-year-old just needed to relax, according to the father.
Henderson Behavioral Health did not respond to calls from NBC 6 South Florida Monday.
"It's an indictment on the mental health system in South Florida. Shame on them," the father said. "No one had to lose their life for this kid to get the help he needs.”