14-Year-Old Boy Charged with Murdering His Grandparents for Their Money

14-Year-Old Boy Charged with Murdering His Grandparents for Their Money

What does it say about the world we live in when a 14-year-old boy even contemplates killing someone?

2B31749D00000578-3189804-image-a-1_1438998748229From The Daily Mail:

A 14-year-old boy shot and killed his grandparents during a robbery-and-murder scheme concocted with his close friends so that he could ‘run off with their money.’

Justin Staton, 14, was charged as an adult with two counts of capital murder in the July 22 deaths of his grandparents Robert and Patricia Cogdell at their home in Conway, Arkansas.

His accomplice, Hunter Drexler, 17, was also charged with the same count and court documents reveal that he had egged on his friend to kill his grandparents.

According to another 17-year-old boy who was at the Codgell’s home at the time of the attack, the murder plan had been conceived while all three were in juvenile jail together.

‘Justin’s plan was to shoot and kill his grandparents, split a large sum of money and credit cards between the three of them and then they would all run away. Justin estimated their take at $50,000 to $90,000.’

According to police, the hideous crime was carried out about 30 miles north of Little Rock when police said the teenagers shot the couple and dumped their bodies in a wooded area nearby.

An affidavit filed with the charges, revealed that Staton told officers that, after complaining to Drexler about his grandparents, Drexler suggested that he shoot them.

A 17-year-old girl also at the home when the Cogdells were shot told police that Robert Cogdell didn’t die immediately and was ‘choking and gurgling’ on the floor outside his bedroom.

‘She told Justin that he needed to do something about the noise Robert was making and suggested that Robert be put out of his misery,’ the affidavit said. ‘Justin walked over and shot Robert one or two times.’

My condolences go out to the family members of the Cogdells, and I hope the court system gives them the justice they deserve.

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