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John Caudle, 14, Admits To Killing Parents To Get Out Of Chores

First Posted: 03/27/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:20 PM ET

John Caudle

14 year-old John Caudle has confessed to Colorado police that he killed his mother and step-dad to get out of doing his household chores, reports KUSA in Denver. Caudle's mother, Joanne Rinebarger, and her husband Tracy Rinebarger, were discovered dead in their home near Monte Vista, Colorado in October. Caudle was arrested the next day 130 Miles north of Monte Vista while driving his parents' pickup truck. However, district judge Martin Gonzales issued a gag order preventing any press from attending Caudle's hearing.

According to the recently released arrest affidavit, Caudle admitted he killed his mother because he did not want to take out the trash. He then waited in a closet for his stepfather to come home and shot him several times.

Caudle is being charged as an adult.

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