A 17-year-old faces murder charges for shooting dead both his parents after they tried to discipline him for throwing a party in their absence, police said.
Jesse Madison Holton, of Eclectic, Alabama, was charged as an adult with one count of first degree murder for the death of his father Mike Holton, a former mayor of the town who died in their home on Sunday from a gunshot wound to the head.
Jesse will face additional charges after his mother April Holton also suffered a head wound and died in the hospital on Monday, police said.
Investigators arrested Jesse after the evidence did not support his claims that Mike shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.
Mike and April, both 37, returned home on Sunday to find evidence of a marijuana pipe in their home, which had been trashed from a party the night before, Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said.
It is unclear why Mike owned handcuffs, but he restrained his own son and called the sheriff’s department around 4 PM.
‘They obviously were trying to discipline their son, and they had had problems with him in the past,’ Franklin said.
Mike said he would sign a juvenile warrant against his son the next day, and the deputy left on another call after collecting some evidence from the party.
About 20 minutes later, Jesse appeared at his neighbor’s house saying his parents were fighting.
The neighbor called police, and the same deputy returned to the Holtons’ home to find Mike dead in the master bedroom, where a 9mm semi-automatic handgun was recovered, Franklin said.
April, who was near death on the bedroom floor, was put on life-support in the hospital where she died on Monday evening.
The physical evidence did not support Jesse’s claims that his father committed a murder suicide, Franklin said.
‘With the angles of the wounds and the entry and exit points of the wounds, there is just no way Mike Holton could have shot himself,’ Franklin told the Montgomery Advertiser.
‘April suffered defensive wounds to her hands, where it appeared she threw her hands up as if to shield herself.
‘The bullet went through one of her fingers and then into her head. So there was no way April could have shot herself either. The 17-year-old’s story just didn’t add up,’ Franklin said.
Jesse repeatedly denied shooting either of his parents and told police he was handcuffed behind his back.
Franklin said: ‘Obviously we feel he slipped out of the handcuffs, or got the key somehow to remove the handcuffs, before he did indeed shoot his mother and father.’
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.