The small Alabama town of Eclectic has been rocked by a double murder.
What makes the case especially shocking is that the accused murderer is only 17, and the victims are his parents, reports the Daily Mail.
Jesse Madison Holton 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 Sept. 11 from a gunshot wound to the head. He will also be charged with the death of his mother, who died the following day, also of a gunshot to the head, police said.
The alleged motive is revenge in response to being punished for having a party on the night of Sept. 10, while his parents were not at home. They returned the following day to a house that had been “trashed” by the party, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.
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In response, the father placed Jesse in handcuffs and called the police. He indicated that he would sign a juvenile warrant against his son the following day, and the police left after collecting evidence from the party.
Less than half an hour after the police left, Jesse appeared at a neighbor’s house, claiming that his parents were fighting. The neighbor called police, who returned to the Holton residence to find that both parents had been shot in the head. Mike Holton was dead at the scene, and April Holton died the following day.
When questioned, Jesse said that his father had shot his mother, then shot himself. But investigators said the evidence at the scene did not support the murder-suicide scenario.
Jesse has a history of anger problems, according to what witnesses told investigators. The Elmore County High School senior told detectives he gets “easily agitated” without marijuana and Adderall, Sheriff Franklin said.
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As for Jesse’s demeanor following the deaths of his parents, Franklin said, “He hasn't shown any emotion at all.” He is currently in Elmore County Jail on $150,000 bond.
"You really don't expect anything to happen like this in Eclectic," said a local resident to the Montgomery Advertiser.