FLAGSTAFF – An 8-year-old boy accused in the shooting deaths of his father and another man said in a police interview released Tuesday that he did not fire the first shots at the men but later shot them so they wouldn’t suffer.
The boy gives conflicting accounts of the shootings during an hourlong video of his interview with authorities in St. Johns, but the video ends with him admitting to pulling the trigger. He then buries his head in his jacket.
“I’m going to go to juvie,” the boy says after an officer asks what he’s thinking.
The boy has been charged in juvenile court with two counts of murder in the deaths of his father, Vincent Romero, and a man who was renting a room in their home, Timothy Romans.
A defense attorney has said police overreached in their questioning of the boy, who was not represented by a family member or lawyer during the interview.
“I think they’re going to have a problem getting that statement into court,” defense attorney Benjamin Brewer said earlier this month before a judge issued a gag order in the case. “I believe there were many violations in regards to how it was obtained.”
The gag order does not extend to the release of reports or recordings that would be considered public records in Arizona.
The shootings occurred Nov. 5 in the eastern Arizona community about 170 miles northeast of Phoenix.
The boy is due in court Wednesday for a hearing. He is being held in a juvenile jail.
On the Web
Watch the video at KTVK-TV’s Web site: www.azfamily.com