“We solved the crime,” St. Johns Police Chief Roy Melnick told KPHO. “Now we have to solve the mystery of why.”
The boy’s public defenders, said that the defense is treating this case “like any other first-degree murder case.”
The boy later appears to admit to shooting his father, saying, “After I shot him once he was still moving, I think I shot him again.”
In the first 12 minutes of the tape, the boy tells police he decided to walk around the block “like nine or 10 times” before going home — something he does on Mondays and Wednesdays “because my mom doesn’t get off until 5.”
He said he was about two houses down from his home when he saw a white car “driving pretty fast” in front of his house. Then, he said, he saw the othere man lying on the ground. The boy said he ran over to the man , then ran inside the house calling for his father.
“I said, ‘Dad, Dad,’ ” the boy said. “And then I went upstairs, and then I saw him, and there was blood all over his face, and I think I touched it … and I didn’t hear anything, and I just saw blood and I cried for about 30 minutes, just crying right next to him.”
“You’re sure?” one officer asks. “Because I heard something that somebody said that somebody was calling your name and you weren’t answering.”
The boy said he eventually ran to the house of a girl he knows and told her brother that his father was dead, “and so he called his dad … and we called you guys.”
Police released the first 12 minutes of the tape, which did not include the alleged confession.
“We released it because it becomes a public record, and we’re obligated to release it,”