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Father Says He ‘Hates’ Teen Daughter Accused of Killing Her Stepmom: Reports

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As 15-year-old Jenna Oakley reportedly prepares to be tried as an adult for the murder of her stepmother, there is one person who won’t be speaking up in her defense: her father.

“I can tell you I hate my daughter,” Phillip told the Lexington Herald-Leader last month. “I do not care about my daughter. I’m worried about the people that I need to protect, and that’s not one of them.”

Jenna is charged with murder and theft after she allegedly killed her stepmother, Rhonda Oakley, in Danville, Kentucky, last month, ABC13 reports. (Rhonda’s teenage stepson reportedly discovered her body.) Jenna then allegedly stole Rhonda’s car and drove to New Mexico with her 20-year-old boyfriend, Kenneth Nigh.

The couple was reportedly caught by authorities in the parking lot of a Motel 6 two days after the killing.

Nigh, who is charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, tried to kill himself while in custody and was taken to a New Mexico hospital, where he later died, according to WDRB.

(Reports conflict about Nigh’s death, according to the Herald-Leader: Authorities could not confirm to the paper that he had died and earlier said he was on life support.)

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Jenna was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury as an adult, the Herald-Leader reports.

Her father said he is glad she has been caught: “The whole time I knew who did this. And so no, it is not a surprise. I just want her to get what she deserves,” he told ABC13.

Phillip told the station that people “knew things” about what was going on between his daughter and her boyfriend, but did not elaborate. He said he hopes justice is served.

“I have no remorse for whatever happens to Jenna,” Phillip continued. “She deserves everything she gets.”

It is unclear whether Jenna has an attorney and whether a court date has been set for her arraignment, at which she will enter a plea to her charges.

Neither local authorities nor Phillip immediately responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.