Some 50 or 60 people, mostly Krop students, crowded the apartment. Darrant opened his mother’s liquor bottles.
Because of all the noise, his baby brother began to cry. When one partygoer complained about the stench, he remembers Darrant saying: “Chill. It’s probably the trash or dishes or something. He laughed about it.”
At one point, a teen named Daniel walked into the dead woman’s bedroom to get to the balcony to make a phone call. He noticed a pile of blankets on the floor.
“As I walked by, I kicked something, but it felt — it didn’t really feel like blankets, but it didn’t feel like a human body. It was kind of firm.”
It was not until the following Wednesday — some eight days after the stabbing — that Renette Emile’s suspicious sister and boyfriend finally entered the apartment with police and security and found the decomposing body.
While they were there, Darrant returned and asked immediately: “What’s going on? What’s wrong? Where’s my mother?”
He claimed he had not seen her in three or four days, Miami-Dade Officer John Jones wrote in a report.
‘ALL CUT UP’
His story changed a few minutes later.
“OK, this is what happened. About eight days ago, I returned home and found my mother on the floor in the room. She was all cut up and bleeding. Blood was gushing from her face and there was glass all over the floor. I wrapped her up in blankets and then put soap on her because of the smell.”
Darrant said he had no idea who would have done this to his mother. He didn’t want to bother with police and he didn’t want any trouble, he said.
A few hours later, he gave detectives a confession.
Miami Herald staff writer Nadege Green contributed to this report.