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Teen facing murder charges after killing parents over drug-fueled house party

September 14, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Teen facing murder charges after killing parents over drug-fueled house party

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Son of Alabama mayor facing murder charges after gunning down parents

A teenager from central Alabama was arrested on murder charges after a possible dispute over a house party and drugs led him to shoot and kill his parents, authorities announced on Tuesday.

The New York Post reported that 17-year-old Jesse Holton now faces murder charges as an adult in the killing of his father, former Eclectic Mayor Mike Holton, according to Bill Franklin, Elmore County Sheriff. Additionally, law enforcement officials intend to charge the teen in his mother’s slaying as well.

Both victims were only 37-years-old.

It is unclear whether the suspect, who has two younger siblings, has an attorney. However, Franklin stated that Holton denies the allegations against him.

“He just said, ‘I didn’t do it, I didn’t do it,’” the sheriff said.

According to officials, Holton’s parents were away and came home to find their house in chaos after a party that allegedly included drugs.

The father contacted the sheriff’s office on Sunday afternoon, and a deputy arrived at the residence to discover that the father had handcuffed Jesse.

“They obviously were trying to discipline their son, and they had had problems with him in the past,” said Franklin.

The deputy spoke with the family and accumulated evidence from the party traces that included a pipe used to smoke weed, he added. The father told the cop he intended to sign a juvenile warrant the next day against Jesse.

The deputy left the house and was dispatched on another call, but a neighbor called again approximately 30 minutes later to report that Jesse showed up claiming his parents were arguing.

The deputy returned to the home and discovered Mike Holton dead from a bullet wound to the head and the woman, April Holton, was found near death, also from a head injury. She succumbed to her injuries at a nearby hospital on Monday evening.

The teen claims that the man shot his wife during a dispute and then turned the gun and shot himself. However, this account did not match up with physical evidence collected at the scene. A forensics investigation concluded that the man’s bullet wound was not self-inflicted, and a preliminary examination indicated that the woman’s injury wasn’t either.

“We asked him if anyone else had been at the house and he said ‘No,’” said Franklin.

The youth, who is a senior at Elmore County High School, informed in investigators that he tends “easily agitated” if he can’t easily access marijuana and Adderall and witnesses told police that Jesse has anger management issues.

“He hasn’t shown any emotion at all. Most people would be bawling their eyes out if their parents had been killed,” the sheriff added.

The couple’s two younger children are currently in the custody of relatives.

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