The stepmom of Hawaiin teen Forrest Keesler always feared the boy would kill his father. After claiming he wanted to for most of his life, Forrest finally followed through.
According to the Huffington Post, the Hawaii Island Police charged 18-year-old Forrest Keesler with the second degree murder of his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Kelly, on Sunday. The incident began with a heated argument on Saturday. Forrest Keesler shot Kelly with a pellet gun, which caused his father to collapse to the ground, hitting his head in the process. The man died shortly after being rushed to the hospital.
At this point it’s unclear whether Forrest Keesler was actually attempting to kill his father in that moment, but the charges indicate that the murder was not premeditated. Despite the accidental nature of the crime, the stepmother of Forrest Keesler, Angela Bracamonte, claims he always had plans to murder his dad, according to Hawaii News Now.
“His mind is fixated on one thing and one thing only. And for as long as I’ve known him and my children has known him, he’s always talked about how he wanted to kill his dad.”
She also revealed that Forrest Keesler has severe autism and that his father never sought to get his son treatment. Jeffrey Kelly was also reportedly an alcoholic, which contributed to the boy’s occasional violent tendencies. But even with his spells of aggression, his step mother says Forrest Keesler is a good-natured teen.
“When he’s not in his mode, when he’s not in his violent mode, which only his dad can get him in, when he’s not in that mode, he’s like your best friend … he’s a wonderful kid for real,” she said. “He would give you the shirt off his back if had to and he’d starve for a week just so you eat. He was just amazing. He was wonderful.”
Since Forrest Keesler murdered his father, a judge has ordered a full mental evaluation. Forrest was reportedly admitted to a mental health facility when he was younger, but his father fought to have him removed, despite the protests of others who knew the boy.
“They told him your son belongs in here for the rest of his life because when he gets older it’s going to be worse,” his stepmom said. “Somebody’s going to get hurt or he’s going to get hurt is what they told him but he didn’t go by that, Jeffrey looked at it like you know what, that is my son, I will deal with it when the time comes.”
The bail is set at $250,000 and Forrest Keesler is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Tuesday.
Forrest Keesler is not the only teen to follow through with murder. Read about the 16-year-old who stabbed a classmate to death over Snapchat.