Deputies: Teen accused of murdering father told boss dad was sick

GYPSUM, Colo. — A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged Monday in the murder of his father, the Eagle county Sheriff’s Office said.

The father was scheduled to meet with sheriff’s deputies on April 30 to discuss a graffiti investigation involving the son but he never appeared.

On Monday, the father’s employer told sheriff’s investigators that the son had called in several days in a row saying the father was sick and would not be coming into work, said Lt. Mike McWilliam, Undersheriff with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.  The employer seemed suspicious and deputies decided to perform a wellness check at the man’s home at 483 Vicksburg Lane in Gypsum.

Upon arrival, the boy told deputies his father, 50, was dead inside the home, McWilliam said. Authorities said they found several weapons in the house.

The boy then was booked into the Eagle County Detentions Facility and charged with first-degree murder. He will be transferred to the Mount View Youth Detentions Facility in Jefferson County.

At a news briefing on Tuesday, Eagle County coroner Kara Bettis identified the father as Joseph Kelly, Jr.

Bettis said the cause of death was two gunshot wounds to the head with a .22 rifle and the manner of death was homicide.

Authorities identified the suspect in the case as Kai Kelly, the victim’s 13-year-old son.

The Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed first-degree murder, criminal mischief and a crime of violence charges against the son Tuesday.

The motive is still under investigation, said authorities.

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