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Saturday, 8 August 2015

14-year-old in Arkansas charged with killing grandparents

A 14-year-old boy shot and killed his grandparents during a robbery-and-murder scheme concocted with his close friends so that he could 'run off with their money.'  

Justin Staton, 14, (pictured above) was charged as an adult with two counts of capital murder in the July 22 deaths of his grandparents Robert and Patricia Cogdell at their home in Conway, Arkansas.

His accomplice, Hunter Drexler, 17, was also charged with the same count and court documents reveal that he had egged on his friend to kill his grandparents. 

According to another 17-year-old boy who was at the Codgell's home at the time of the attack, the murder plan had been conceived while all three were in juvenile jail together.
'Justin's plan was to shoot and kill his grandparents, split a large sum of money and credit cards between the three of them and then they would all run away. Justin estimated their take at $50,000 to $90,000.' 

According to police, the hideous crime was carried out about 30 miles north of Little Rock when police said the teenagers shot the couple and dumped their bodies in a wooded area nearby.
An affidavit filed with the charges, revealed that Staton told officers that, after complaining to Drexler about his grandparents, Drexler suggested that he shoot them. 

A 17-year-old girl also at the home when the Cogdells were shot told police that Robert Cogdell didn't die immediately and was 'choking and gurgling' on the floor outside his bedroom.
'She told Justin that he needed to do something about the noise Robert was making and suggested that Robert be put out of his misery,' the affidavit said. 'Justin walked over and shot Robert one or two times.'
Drexler and the other teenagers were detained in Texas days after the killings and found with some of Robert Cogdell's personal and work credit cards. 
The other teenagers were not charged with any crimes.
Without speaking specifically about Staton or Drexler, Prosecutor Cody Hiland blamed a culture that would let young people behave outside societal norms.
'If the law would allow for you to come into our juvenile courts, you would see young men and young women who are lonely, and they are angry and they are bitter, because their mom and dad have checked out to pursue whatever immediate gratification is driving them at the time,' Hiland said.
'It's the breakdown of the family. Faith issues. Societal issues,' he said. 'I can tell you that our juvenile courts are full and that one day we will reap a bitter harvest when they grow up.' 
After the crime, Staton quickly emerged as a suspect according to police.
In May, the Cogdells had called police because the teenager was threatening suicide and had become verbally abusive. 
In January, Robert Cogdell and Staton had fought after finding marijuana in the boy's room and $300 missing from the grandfather's wallet.
Staton had lived with his grandparents but was arrested at his mother's house with $1,540 in a pants pocket. 
During one of two interviews with police on July 22, Staton cried a little and said, 'I'm so sorry. I don't know why I did it.'
Staton, of Conway, and Drexler, of Clinton, were also charged with two counts each of aggravated robbery, theft of property and abuse of a corpse.


 Daily Mail

43 comments:

Unknown said...

The kind of stories we hear these days are quite appalling. A 14year old did all these? Stern I must say

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Anonymous said...

Teenage murderer....

Wow


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Anonymous said...

Teenage murderer....

Wow


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Unknown said...

Am new plz tak Kia of me

Unknown said...

He looks Retarded.
Hang Him.

Diary of a Naija mom said...

Na waoo...RIP!



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Alloy Chikezie said...

Such a devil at such young age

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Unknown said...

What is this world turning into,this boy must be from hausa fulani pedigree because klling is there surname.










#sad indeed

Unknown said...

Life

Anonymous said...

Wow! Terrible kids

Unknown said...

What's wrong with kids of nowadays?

Unknown said...

Stupid child.
Enjoy prison

Ayodele Jay said...

Weird things are happening nowadays!



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Unknown said...

What's this world turning into
To think that a boy could kill his grandparents?
Nawa o
In peace may their souls rest.

Unknown said...

What's this world turning into
To think that a boy could kill his grandparents?
Nawa o
In peace may their souls rest.

Anonymous said...

this guy is pure evil

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AdenikeYA said...


Prosecutor Cody Hiland has said it all!! Dysfunctional generation. If efficient and effective reforms are not established, USA will "reap a bitter harvest when these kids grow up. Day by day, the USA becomes more and more unattractive, especially if you have impressionable young kids. Lord have mercy on us all!!!
They are busy poking the moses into other nations issues, forgetting their own domestic issues that may snowball into unimaginable chaos. Charity begins at home.

Unknown said...

WTF?? 14yrs old o!

AdenikeYA said...


Prosecutor Cody Hiland has said it all!! Dysfunctional generation. If efficient and effective reforms are not established, USA will "reap a bitter harvest when these kids grow up. Day by day, the USA becomes more and more unattractive, especially if you have impressionable young kids. Lord have mercy on us all!!!

AC£S said...

Hmmm

Unknown said...

Yet dey would be calling Africans all sorts of names. Linda take note!

Unknown said...

Yet dey would be calling Africans all sorts of names. Linda take note!

Unknown said...

Hmmmm this too many freedom in America is really playing hard once on this kids oooh just 14ys with the heart of evil?? This is so sad RIP to the grand parents hope they get the justice that they desired.

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Anonymous said...

SMH.... Wen parents fail in their duties ds results

Anonymous said...

I hope lindas goons can read.while Linda continues to harp on kylie who as at now isn't doing drugs or killing,these is what the society is breeding.
11/12:years old who are sexually active and on the pill.who are in and out of rehab,who by the age of 15,have had multiple sex partners,abortions and done rehab.That's what we are dealing with and not an "adult" in todays world.

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Wat can dey possibly do to him?

Unknown said...

Rest in jail boy!

Unknown said...

Na wa oooo

14year old boy killing his grandparent because of money..what will he use the money for

All this white will not stop to amaze me

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Anonymous said...

We now have Americans who don't want kids cos they are scared of being killed, kids hate parents who correct them, infact parents don't want to correct their kids so theyy don't move out of the house, get involved in drugs etc, even d parents are drug addicts, d Judge has said it all, they will reap a bitter harvest when they grow up!

Unknown said...

He should b punished accordingly so dat it wil serve as deterrent to others.

ary said...

There are more and more crimes committed in America using guns these days than they were couple of years back.

Anonymous said...

You are a stupid fool,if every hausa/fulani person s a killer,you wont b alive

Anonymous said...

Stupid tribalist may God punish you nd your entire generation

Unknown said...

Waitin a boy of 14 won use moni den? O tire o

yawanow said...

At such tender age he decided to render it useless.

Anonymous said...

They should be kept for life to do society a great favour. Yes, the upbringing is to blame. However, the lives of others must be preserved. Shuo.

SUNSET said...

When we live in a world where violence and sexuality is being pushed into the youths head and Christianity is being taken away...this is the result we get.

SUNSET said...

Well said Adenike

Unknown said...

Hmmmmmmm, whr is dis world going to, 14yrs old boy? Dis is so dishearten

Juleslouis said...

14yrs old? Nawah!

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with people this days ... Killing their own flesh and blood for lame reasons.... They forget reality and movies ain't same .... Eternal Rest to his Grand Parents

Unknown said...

This is really terrible....

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