JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Just barely out of prison, released in April after serving three years for another violence conviction, James Rhodes is now accused of killing 20-year-old Shelby Farah after she handed him every cent in the MetroPCS cash register.
"He had no reason to kill my daughter and he had no reason no reason and that tells me he is a very violent person," said Darlene Farah, Shelby's mom.
Farah broke down after Rhodes refused to appear in court Wednesday.
"That's crazy he's got more rights than Shelby," she said.
Rights that she believes Rhodes should have lost years ago with convictions including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Action News has also learned that Rhodes has a history of juvenile violence.
Police say it was a criminal past potent enough for even his own family to turn him in.
"I want them to know that they did the right thing," said Farah.
Farrah's mom says she can sleep a little easier knowing her daughter's suspected killer is back behind bars, but she says she won't really rest until she gets justice for her daughter.
"I'm going to make sure even if it takes the last breath in my body he needs to get the death penalty," she said.
Rhodes isn't due back in court until Aug. 14. Shelby's family will have to wait until then to get the opportunity they've been waiting for for days, to look him in the face.