PIKE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A judge in Pike County has ordered a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his older brother to remain in a juvenile detention center.
Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas tells WDHN that the judge recently made the order for the Pike County High School student to remain at the juvenile detention center. Thomas could not provide any more information due to the Alabama juvenile privacy laws.
The 14-year-old is charged with Murder as a Juvenile. Law enforcement officials say that the 14-year-old student confessed to shooting and killing his 17-year-old brother.
Sheriff Thomas says the 14-year-old dragged his brother’s body 60 yards to the back of the property on Monday, October 2, where it was later found, and that no one else was home at the time of the incident.
Directly before the brother’s body was found Tuesday afternoon, Pike County High School called the father to pick up the 14-year-old because he was upset about his missing brother. Upon returning home, the father and the 14-year-old began looking for the brother. They found the body soon after.
Pike County District Attorney James Tarbox says that before the body’s discovery, the 14-year-old confided to a friend at school what he had done to his brother. Investigators say he then asked his friend to help him murder the rest of his family and bury their bodies. Also during the investigation, they found found a hit list with the names of other family members in the teen’s backpack at the home and discovered the teen had made a statement about shooting up Pike County High School.
DA Tarbox says his office is discussing whether they want to charge the 14-year-old as an adult. The decision will ultimately be left up to a Pike County Circuit Judge. A hearing on the matter will take place next week, and if a judge certifies the 14-year-old as an adult, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office will release his identity.
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