ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - A Port St. Lucie man is charged with premeditated first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in the stabbing of an 18-year-old man at MudJam last Friday.
According to to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara, Sheriff's detectives arrested an 18-year-old Kyle Shane Abele, of 1491 SW Falmouth Ave. on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the stabbing.
Detectives said the victim, Cody Maitland, and his girlfriend, Mia Gaudio, were escorting an intoxicated friend back to the camping area Friday night at MudJam, at 6800 Carlton Road west of Fort Pierce, when they were confronted by Abele.
Gaudio said Abele and Cody Maitland didn't get along due to a year-old incident.
Maitland is still in the hospital this evening.
The event attracts thousands of people statewide to the Treasure Coast for a weekend of mudding.
"Bring your families, bring your friends. Friends and family of a certain age," said nearby resident and Mud Jam guest, Clayton Humphries.
It's promoted as a family event by day, and as a party at night.
Humphries says he is disappointed to see someone bring serious violence to the event.
"A lot of people, they spend so much money on a piece of equipment that they can come out here and have fun on and they have no where else to take it except for a mud jam or a mud fest. They come out here, and then you have somebody that just ruins everything," Humphries said.
Officials with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office say this is the first stabbing at the event.
"They know what they've got to fix next time," Humphries said.
Security is in place at the event. The sheriff's office and fire rescue have a command post on site.
Minors are being required to be accompanied by an adult, or bring a signed waiver if they come alone to control under-aged drinking.
This will be the last year Mud Jam will be at it's current location off of Carlton Road.
Organizers are actively looking for a new location.