A 13-year-old boy from Oklahoma admitted to killing his older brother in March and setting the body on fire, authorities said this week.
The boy confessed to the murder of his 16-year-old brother during a follow-up investigation, The Express-Star reported, citing the Grady County Sheriff’s Office. He is charged as an adult with first degree murder and desecration of a human corpse and arson.
MPs were called to a house fire in Bridge Creek, located 27 miles south of Oklahoma City, on March 6, where a body was discovered with an air compressor hose wrapped around the victim’s neck .
A 21-year-old man at the home told authorities he was playing a computer game when the fire alarms went off. He said his 13-year-old younger brother told him the fire was in the garage. When the older brother went to the garage, he found the victim lying next to a burning wheelbarrow.
On Monday, investigators spoke to the 13-year-old boy and his mother.
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In a second interview, the boy admitted to the murder, KOCO-TV reported. He allegedly placed a pillowcase over his brother’s head and strangled him until he passed out. He allegedly told investigators that he used the air compressor hose to “finish off” his brother, according to KWTV-DT.
He said the two planned his brother’s death as assisted suicide a month before the incident. Their mother was not in town with another sibling at the time.
The boy is being held in Grady County Jail on $ 500,000 bond. Fox News has contacted the sheriff’s office but has not received a response.