15-year-old charged in parents’ shooting has mental evaluation

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comApril 25, 2013 

A Juvenile Court judge rescheduled the hearing Thursday morning for a 15-year-old boy accused of shooting his parents in early April.

Judge Warner Kennon decided to reschedule the hearing during a 9:15 a.m. session after Public Defender Richard Zimmerman informed the court that his client underwent a court-ordered psychological evaluation Wednesday morning, and the results from the evaluation were not completed.

The hearing date will be announced after the results of the evaluation are ready.

The boy was arrested after he allegedly shot his parents with their 9mm pistol Friday afternoon in their home on Olde Towne Drive. His stepmother, 45-year-old Kristi Lynn Askevich, was shot through the right wrist and in the abdomen. Randal Stanley Askevich, 40, was shot in the right hip.

When police arrived at the scene just before 6 p.m., both parents and the boy were on the floor. Lt. Lynn Joiner told the Ledger-Enquirer the father may have been able to talk his son into giving him the gun.

Both parents were transported to The Medical Center, and their pastor said they were unable to attend the preliminary hearing because they were not yet released from the hospital.

Both of the boy's parents were present during the hearing Thursday morning. Kristi Lynn's right arm was in a cast and Randal Stanley walked with the assistance of a walker.

During the preliminary hearing April 15, police told the court that the teen shot his parents because he was angry over his parents insisting he do chores instead of look up a Bible verse for a friend who wanted to be "saved."

Detective Amanda Hogan said the 15-year-old was dedicated to finding the right verse for his friend, but the night before the shooting his parents insisted that he sack up an old bed comforter that his parents had recently replaced so that it could be donated to Goodwill.

His anger over his parents' insistence built overnight and during the next school day. That Friday, he went into his parents bedroom and got the gun from the nightstand. When they got home from work, he first went into the bathroom, then into his bedroom where he hid the gun, came out and opened fire.

Testimony also revealed during the hearing that the boy had been through Juvenile Drug Court in 2011, which is used as a diversion program to guide minors away from drugs and crime.

Judge Andrew Dodgen ordered the boy held without bond at the Youth Detention Center during the preliminary hearing. The Hardaway High School student is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and possessing a firearm while under the age of 18.

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