In an exclusive telephone interview from a Florida jail, Kenneth Morgan Stancil III told WRAL News that Lane deserved to die because he made sexual advances toward his brother through messages on Facebook.
“He didn’t touch him,” said Stancil, 20, who added that Lane also made passes at him. “But he was in the proposal to try to, and I wasn’t going to let that happen. I took it in my hands to take care of the business that needed to be took care of.”
Stancil, who was arrested in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Tuesday after he was found sleeping on a beach, will be returned to North Carolina to face a murder charge in the death of Lane, a 44-year-old openly gay man who ran the college print shop where Stancil previously served as a work-study student.
Investigators said Stancil walked into the print shop shortly after 8 a.m. Monday armed with a 12-gauge pump shotgun and fired a single shot at Lane, killing him. Stancil had been dismissed from the work-study program at the beginning of March because of too many absences.
During his phone interview Wednesday, Stancil said he is a neo-Nazi committed to the preservation of the white race and hates gay people “with a passion.” He used a slur to describe others working in the print shop and said they conspired against him to have him dismissed.
Stancil said his dismissal and the sexual advances toward his brother led him to plan the killing several days in advance.
“I don’t take remorse for nothing. I did what I did and I got to live with it. If I get life (in prison), I get life,” he said. “I’m a (expletive) murderer. What the (expletive) do I gotta care? I don’t give a damn if I go back to society”