On tape, Colorado teen recounts killing parents
The Denver Post
DEL NORTE – John Caudle “just didn’t want to take it anymore.”
In an emotional police interview re-played in a Rio Grande County District courtroom today, the 15-year-old accused of killing his mother and step-father last October in their rural Monte Vista home, told investigators he was done with the chores, the names, and the abuse.
“I didn’t want to hurt anymore,” he said in the interview, taped the day police found the bodies of his mother and stepfather, Joanne and Tracy Rinebarger.
Caudle told the investigators he had returned from school Oct. 26 and “just looked at” his mother. She railed him about chores. He was already grounded for two weeks for “pitching a fit” about yard work. She called him names, he said.
What names? asked Det. Amy Frank with the Park County Sheriff’s Office.
“A-hole. Jackass. Stupid idiot. Donkey. Dumb,” said Caudle, who only explicitly named the words at Frank’s prodding.
Days before the Oct. 26 murders, he had taken two .22-caliber pistols from the family’s gun safe and put them in his room.
On this day, he used them.
He raised the gun toward his mother. He told investigators he fired six times. The coronor reported she was hit nine times.
“I tried to shoot her in the head so she wouldn’t feel anything,” he told Frank. “She screamed. She kept screaming.”
An hour after killing his mother, Caudle said his stepfather returned from work. Tracy Rinebarger walked in the door and saw blood. He screamed his wife’s name. Caudle was hiding in the laundry room. When Rinebarger ran by on his way to the back bedroom, Caudle fired.
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