A North Carolina teen is accused of using a hatchet to violently murder his own grandfather, and now he may be charged as an adult. The Dreamin' Demon reports that the 15-year-old boy is currently in jail after the horrifying incident that left a 63-year-old man dead.
The alleged murder took place on Monday night. Authorities say they were called to the Fayetteville home at just before midnight to find 63-year-old Joseph Emmett Naulty dead from what appeared to be at least one blow from a hatchet.
The father of 15-year-old Raistlin Martin says that he was in the home at the time of the alleged murder. The man said that he was in another room when he heard his elderly father yell. However, when he ran to his father's aid, it was too late. His father had been slain, allegedly by the teenager.
Teen accused of killing grandfather with a hatchet may be tried as an adult. @LaurenWNCN has details at 6:30am https://t.co/Yk6j8YQXdB
— WNCN (@WNCN) August 11, 2016
This isn't the first time someone has killed their own grandparent. Back in the 1960s, a 15-year-old young man by the name of Edmund Emil Kemper fatally shot both of his grandparents. First, he shot his grandmother in the back of the head three times, and then he waited for his grandfather to return home. He shot him as he came inside of the residence, reportedly "sparing him" from seeing his wife of many years, dead. Edmund did some time in a psychiatric facility but was released when he was around 20-years-old. During the 1970s, Edmund Kemper became a prolific serial killer, known as the "Co-ed Butcher."
Ed Kemper killed his grandparents when he was 15 to "see what it felt like". Killed 8 others (including his mother) pic.twitter.com/8Na9sxX4v9
— Serial Killers (@MurderFactfile) December 31, 2015
In 2004, two teenage girls committed the grisly murder of two elderly people: a married couple named Carl and Sarah Collier. One of the teen girls in this horrifying slaying was none other than the granddaughter of the elderly couple, Holly Ann Harvey. The 15-year-old granddaughter had been having a sexual relationship with her 16-year-old girlfriend, Sandy Ketchum, much to the disgust of her elderly grandparents. The teen lovers decided that, in order to be together, they had to kill the Colliers. Harvey was sentenced to two life sentences in association with the murders of her grandmother and grandfather. Sandy Ketchum was given three life sentences.
Marlinton SUV theft suspect caught in VA. Sheriff : his grandparents found murdered in their home. #EyewitnessWV pic.twitter.com/X0J2F8Qxoo
— Bob Aaron (@BobAaronWCHS) November 30, 2015
The Fayo Observer reports that Cumberland County DA Billy West intends on charging Raistlin Martin as an adult. Currently, he has been charged with first-degree murder on a "juvenile petition." In the state of North Carolina, teens and children as young as 12-years-old, depending on the severity of the crime, can be charged as adults. If this 15-year-old boy is convicted as an adult, he could face a lifetime of imprisonment for allegedly killing his own grandfather with a hatchet.
At this time, authorities in North Carolina haven't released a potential motive in the shocking murder of the 63-year-old man. Meanwhile, social media hasn't yet caught wind of this terrible case of alleged violence. What could have led a 15-year-old boy to violently kill his own grandfather? Were there red flags that could have prevented the incident, or was this something that came as a total shock to the lad's loved ones? Do you think children as young as 15-years-old should be charged and tried as adults when accused of extremely violent crimes?
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