National TV Show To Feature Local Sister Murder Story

February 17, 2019

A documentary television series is set to take a look at the case of a Northview High School student that shot and killed her sister in 2011 in an argument over a cellphone.

Elena Janelle Rendell — who was 17 at the time of the August 3, 2011, shooting — was convicted as a youthful offender for shooting 14-year old Christina Marie Sneary, a former Molino resident.

“We’re currently producing a docuseries for the Investigation Discovery network, focusing on true crime cases involving sisters and their families. Each episode examines their lives and relationships involved before things went bad, to help us understand the context for the crime,” Wesley Middleton, a producer for 44 Blue said in an email to

Rendell was sentenced to one year in the county jail, with no credit for nearly one year she spent behind bars awaiting trial. She also received five years probation. The reduced sentence was due to Rendell’s mental capacity at the time of the shooting.

She was also ordered to continue with mental health counseling and treatment.

The two girls had recently moved with their mother from Sunset View Lane in Molino to the 7600 block of Kipling Street in the Ferry Pass community.

Rendell told deputies that she began to argue with Sneary over a cell phone. During the argument, Rendell ran into her parent’s bedroom and retrieved her father’s 9 mm handgun from the top of a television shelf that stood about 12-feet high. Rendell then pointed the handgun at her 14-year old sister and fired a single gunshot into the right side of Sneary’s neck. Sneary died a short time later at Sacred Heart Hospital.

There air date of the program is not yet known. It is being filmed through early this week in Escambia County.

44 Blue’s recent crime and justice programming includes HBO’s top-rated documentary “Rock and A Hard Place,” produced in association with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions, which took an in-depth look at an alternative sentencing program for young offenders in Miami. 44 Blue is also known for A&E’s top-rated “Nightwatch,” produced in association with Dick Wolf, MSNBC’S “Lockup,” the longest running prison documentary series on television, and its trio of spinoff series “Lockup: Raw,” “Lockup: World Tour” and “Life After Lockup,” as well as Animal Planet’s number-one rated “Pit Bulls & Parolees,” currently airing its ninth season.


3 Responses to “National TV Show To Feature Local Sister Murder Story”

  1. Callie R Jones on February 19th, 2019 12:14 am

    In order to use the story in a documentary someone from the family should have to give their consent or permission.

  2. BG on February 17th, 2019 10:14 pm

    AMan Sara….This is in the past….I will pray for yall

  3. Sara Poston on February 17th, 2019 7:06 pm

    Why does this have to be brought up again? This happened almost eight years ago. This devastated my family the first time and they want to hurt my family again. This is ridiculous. They are trying to slander my family and put them through this again. My Godmother was a wreck after this happened. She’s gonna end up being a wreck again after this. This needs to stop.

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