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Posted: 12/17/2005 12:18:51 PM EDT
Teen Accused of Killing Dad Over Grades
Dec 17, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy allegedly killed his father, then set their home on fire because he was afraid his father would find out he was failing some classes, prosecutors said.

Ryan Watts was charged Friday with murdering his father, 50-year-old John E. Bruner, who was initially believed to have died in the fire earlier this week. He was charged as an adult.

Watts was arrested Wednesday after an autopsy determined that Bruner died from multiple gunshot wounds and not from the fire, Santa Clara police said.

According to court documents, Watts told police he took a .45-caliber handgun from a safe in his father's bedroom and stashed it in his room shortly before the killing.

Court documents allege he shot his father in the head at close range Monday, then set the body on fire because it was too heavy to carry to the backyard, where he had planned to bury it. Watts hid the gun and went to Taco Bell before calling 911 to report the fire, the documents said.

Watts' parents apparently were separated, and he had been staying at his mother's home since the fire, police said.

If convicted, Watts faces life in prison. He is not eligible for the death penalty because he's a juvenile.

Watts is expected to enter a plea during a Dec. 22 court appearance.


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Link Posted: 12/17/2005 12:26:51 PM EDT
Oh boy, that is really sad.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 12:28:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 12:28:32 PM EDT
Jeesh,

WTF has happened to kids anymore?
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 1:16:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 1:20:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By -brass-:

Originally Posted By long-rifle-tactical:
Jeesh,

WTF has happened to kids anymore?



I dunno.

15 years ago a kid in the class under me rolled his new truck. He went home and committed suicide rather than the punishment from his dad. hinking.gif


That man must have known how to swing a belt!
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 1:29:51 PM EDT
Guess things are diff. in Kali.
If I came home with bad grades, it would be the other way around.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 1:36:49 PM EDT
This is very sad

However, I am not that suprised due to the level of respect, or lack thereof, that children seem to have for their parents these days. I made "bad" grades when I was in school, as did most of us. It was a simple drill: Go home, show the bad grades, get a whooping / be grounded, and move on with life. I seemed to have turned out just fine...sorta
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 2:07:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hipster:
Watts hid the gun and went to Taco Bell before calling 911 to report the fire, the documents said.



At least he didn't go to jail hungry...
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 2:56:33 PM EDT
fucking kids are little bitches these days,,,what ever happened to DEALING WITH IT???? so pathetic and weak....
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 3:06:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By -brass-:

Originally Posted By long-rifle-tactical:
Jeesh,

WTF has happened to kids anymore?



I dunno.

15 years ago a kid in the class under me rolled his new truck. He went home and committed suicide rather than the punishment from his dad.



That sucks.....maybe that's why the old man never bought me a vehicle....
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 3:13:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HillBillySasquatch:

Originally Posted By -brass-:

Originally Posted By long-rifle-tactical:
Jeesh,

WTF has happened to kids anymore?



I dunno.

15 years ago a kid in the class under me rolled his new truck. He went home and committed suicide rather than the punishment from his dad.



That sucks.....maybe that's why the old man never bought me a vehicle....



Me either. I had to buy my own or steal mom and dad's for the night! (they didn't care as long as I acted sneaky and made sure it was full of gas in the morning...)
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