A 14-year-old boy from Pike County, Alabama is behind bars today after he admitted to killing his brother and planning more violence.
Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said the 17-year-old victim was found dead outside the family home Tuesday afternoon. Deputies said the unnamed teen’s father said he had been missing since Monday, but they had not reported it.
Thomas said he interviewed several people, but when they spoke with the victim’s 14-year-old brother, the teen confessed to shooting him from the porch. The sheriff said the teen told them his brother staggered out of the house before falling to the bottom of the back steps. He said the young suspect told them he dragged his brother about 60 yards to the back of the property.
Thomas said no one else was home when this happened. He said their father returned home a few hours later and questioned where the victim was.
Reports say that the teen went to school on Tuesday, one day after shooting his brother, and was so upset about his brother's disappearance that the school officials had to call the boy's father to come pick him up early. The pair searched for the missing brother when they returned home, and that’s when the father found his son’s body out back and called law enforcement.
Pike County authorities interviewed the boy who admitted to killing his brother and hiding his body.
The police were given more details after interviewing friends of the boy. One friend of the accused who told them that the boy confessed to shooting his brother. He also told authorities that the boy had a "hit list" that contained the names of more people that the teen wanted to kill. Some of them were family members, others were people at the teen's school. The teen friend said that the boy had asked him for help in carrying out the plan but, he was disturbed by the plot.
The police searched the young assailant's belongings and found the detailed list. He was taken into custody and charged with murder. There is no word on whether or not the boy will be tried as an adult.
The Pike County school district did notify parents and told them that their children were not in any immediate danger.
This is a devastating event but we're thankful that it wasn't worse.