Post by Graveyardbride on Mar 20, 2014 23:17:13 GMT -5
San José Teen: Satanism allowed me to kill classmate
SAN JOSÉ, Calif. – A Northern California teenager charged in the alleged thrill-killing of a high school classmate told police his religion, Satanism, allowed him to kill and he had already killed a rabbit and a cat, according to a recently released transcript of his interview with investigators.
"I guess I just finally wanted to kill somebody," Jae Williams (above right) told San Jose police detectives two days after the November 2009 slaying of Michael Russell, 15, according to the transcript. "I had my chance and I took it."
The transcript was reported by the San Jose Mercury News over the weekend. Williams and a second teen, Randy Thompson (left), were charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of Russell, a sophomore at San José's Santa Teresa High School. They have both pled not guilty.
Now 20, they will be tried separately as adults, with Williams expected to go on trial first starting at the end of March, the Mercury News reported.
Williams told police he and Thompson began looking for opportunities to kill Russell about six weeks before the attack and had created two alibis, according to the transcript.
They went to Russell's house on November 10, 2009 and asked him whether he wanted to smoke marijuana. Russell went into a shed to get a lighter, and the teens attacked him when he came out, according to the transcript.
"He was on the floor and he was yelling a little bit,'' Williams allegedly told police, "like telling us ... 'Come on, guys.'"
Williams said the attack lasted six minutes, and he slit Russell's throat at the end after finding the boy had no pulse, according to the transcript.
Russell was fatally stabbed with a switchblade and kitchen knife, police have said. His uncle found his body in the backyard that night.
Williams' defense attorney, Lewis O. Romero, tried to exclude the transcript from his trial, saying his client was held at the police station for 12 hours before being read his rights. But the judge ruled against Romero, noting, among other things, that the teen came to the station voluntarily with his mother's permission.
Judge Arthur Bocanegra split the case because Williams and Thompson incriminated each other in the crime in police interviews, and prosecutors want to use those interviews to convict them, the newspaper reported.
Teen Slaying Suspect Posted Shoutout to Satan. A scary profile emerged of Randy Thompson and Jae Williams, ages 15 and 16 at the time, who are accused of stabbing their classmate, Michael Russell (above) as he waited for his mother to return home from running errands.
All three boys attended Santa Teresa High School, were friends and hung out together after school, other students said. The victim even appeared among the friends on Williams' MySpace page. But, also on that profile were some disturbing posts, including a wish to meet, "Satan while on shrooms so I can him tell the one thing any stoners/satanist/uther awsome drug user ... would say ....wassup!!"
Thomson's login was "Randyt666," according to the paper.
One of Williams' friends said the character depicted on the MySpace page was a totally different person than the boy she knew.
"I never heard him say anything about Satan." The girl told the paper. "He was a happy person."
Source: Associated Press and NBC News.