An Alabama teenager has been charged with murder for fatally shooting his mother and father, after they got mad at him for throwing a party and trashing their home.
High school senior Jesse Holton (pictured above) has been charged with murdering his father Mike Holton, the former mayor of the family’s small hometown of Eclectic, Alabama.
According to police, the 17-year-old has been charged as an adult — and is also expected to be charged in the death of his mother April pending autopsy reports.
On Sunday, the self described “pothead”‘s parents came back from a trip to find their house had been “trashed” after their son threw a party. The teen’s father called the police, who arrived on the scene to find the boy handcuffed.
Jesse’s father told the deputy that the following morning, he and his wife planned on signing a juvenile warrant against his son for doing drugs and damaging the home.
Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said these fights appeared to be “an ongoing situation,” explaining:
“He was upset. It was obvious when the deputy arrived, that this had been an ongoing situation as far as the son having a drug problem. But it was more focused around marijuana than anything else.”
The officer collected evidence from the party, including a pipe used to smoke marijuana, before leaving everything “calm” at the Holton’s home — but twenty minutes later, police received another 911 call.
When the deputy returned to the house a second time, he found the Holtons in the master bedroom, both shot in the head. Jesse’s father was found dead; his mother was “clinging to life” but died on Monday afternoon.
The officer was shocked to see Jesse’s “emotionless” state after his parents deaths. He asked about his mother’s condition once, but never brought up his father. Jesse told police in addition to being a “pothead,” he takes prescription Adderall for his ADHD.
Aside from Jesse, the couple leaves behind two other sons — ages 14 and 10 — who are currently staying with relatives.
This is devastating. Our hearts go out to the victims’ other children and loved ones at this time.
[Image via Elmore County Sheriff’s Office.]