Monday, 31 October 2011

Teen accused of killing parents will be tried as adult

Teen accused of killing parents will be tried as adult

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A judge ruled that a teen accused of killing his father and stepmother is going to be tried as an adult for the murders on Monday.

Christian Liewald and his 24-year-old wife, Cassie Buckaloo, were found dead in their Pineville home last month.

Liewald's 15-year-old son, Matthew Liewald, is accused of shooting them. The ruling came down just before 2 p.m. Monday.

The judge ruled there was enough probable cause in the case to be taken to the superior court. The teen has been given a public defender and ordered to get a mental evaluation.

At the hearing prosecutors played the audio interview the teen had with investigators talking about why he shot his parents.
“I’m guilty, I did pull the trigger," he said in the taped interview.
The teen told police his was afraid of his father and was angry that he had been grounded for staying out late at SCarowinds.

"I’m afraid he was going to do some more," the teen said. The investigator responded by asking: [Doing some more] of what?
Liewald answered by saying his father was going to "hit me."
He told investigators that he waited in the hallway for his parents to come home and when he came around the corner he started shooting.
"I didn't think about it that much, I just thought about what I had to do," the teen said.

Liewald later said he tried to take his parents car and flee to Mexico, but could not get the car to start.

During the interview, investigators asked where the the teen had learned to shoot. He explained that his dad took him to the shooting range for his birthday.
Prosecutors said Christian Liewald was shot five times and his wife was shot eight times.

The judge set the teen's bond at $250,000 for the two first degree murders. The judge also ordered the teen to wear a electronic monitoring device and that he cannot leave Mecklenburg County. 

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