Raw;8-year-old Arizona murder suspect talks about dad's shooting death

Police question eight-year-old accused of killing two ABC15.com Last Update: 11/19 12:33 pm
Should police have waited for a guardian or an attorney be present before questioning the 8-year-old boy about the St. Johns killings?

A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday afternoon for an 8-year-old boy accused in the slayings of his father and another man in rural eastern Arizona.

The boy faces two counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of his father, 29-year-old Vincent Romero, and 39-year-old Timothy Romans, who was renting a room in the family's two-story home in St. Johns.

The hearing comes a day after the Apache County prosecutor's office released a police interview with the boy in which he admits to firing at least two shots each at Romero and Romans.

RAW: See the boy's interview with police

The boy is shown in a video calmly telling law enforcement officers that he found the men lying in his home after returning from school on the day of the shootings.

Then changes his story telling detectives that he shot his dad and the other man twice.

"OK, you shot your dad twice", asked a detective. "Yeah," answered the boy.

"OK, then how many times did that gun shoot Tim," said the detective. "I think twice," answered the boy.

ABC15 has obtained photos of the crime scene from the Apache County Attorney's Office. You can see the images by clicking on the slideshow to the left.

The roughly 45-minute video shows the questioning that the boy underwent as authorities in the eastern Arizona community of St. Johns investigated the Nov. 5 killings.

The boy can be seen seated between two female officers with his legs crossed wearing what appears to be pajama pants.

The questioning took place a day after the double murder.

"How did you get the gun," one detective asked.

"Which gun," the boy answered.

"The gun that shot your dad and Tim," said the detective.

"Um, I went upstairs and then I saw my dad and I saw him and then I got the gun and fired at my dad," said the boy in the video obtained by ABC15.

The 8-year-old's attorney has said police overreached in questioning the boy.

The boy has been charged with murder.

Tim Romans was renting a room in the two-story home from the boy's father, Vincent Romero.

Investigators say the two men were shot with a .22-caliber rifle after they returned home from work.

"I went downstairs to Tim and I saw him and I and I " the boy said in the video.

"Was Tim still in the truck," asked a detective seen in the video.

"I fired at him once, he was on the ground and then um I reloaded just in case someone else was going to come and try to get me," the 8-year-old said in the video.

Police have said the boy initially denied the shootings but later confessed to them.

The child can also be heard telling detectives that he was upset because his father told his mother to spank the 8-year-old involving some paperwork at school.

"OK, you got spanked," asked the detective, "five times," the boy answered.

Police Chief Roy Melnick has said the boy planned and methodically carried out the killings. A judge has since issued a gag order in the case, prohibiting state agencies, lawyers and police from discussing the case.

A judge previously ordered a psychological evaluation. The boy is being held at the Apache County juvenile detention facility.


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