Police have arrested three brothers in Minnesota for allegedly slaying their mother on Christmas because she wanted to play Yahtzee and they didn't.
The brothers are also accused of hiding their mother's remains, which were discovered buried in the family's backyard last week.
Jacob Cobb, 17, allegedly strangled mom Tamara Lee Mason on the living room floor when she suggested that her sons play the board game in the rural town of Alberta last Christmas, the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis reported.
Then he or his brother Andrew, 18, placed a plastic bag over her head and tightened a belt around her neck, TV station KARE said.
Their half-brother Dylan C. Clemens, 25, drove Mason's remains to South Dakota and back to Minnesota, hiding her body for months in a garbage can in a shed until the frozen ground softened enough to bury her in the backyard, police claimed.
"It is very strange," Stevens County Sheriff Randy Willis said Tuesday. "She wanted to play Yahtzee and they didn't. That seemed to be, in their minds, what expedited her sudden demise."
Jacob Cobb was held in juvenile court for second-degree murder while Andrew and Clemens were charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact, the Weekly Vice said.
The Cobbs were arrested on Friday. Police charged Clemens for his role on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Clemens told police that Mason was missing on Dec. 27 and allegedly claimed that she left the family on Christmas because no one wanted to play Yahtzee with her.
Several times authorities questioned Clemens about Mason's disappearance, but he stuck to the story that she was missing. But on July 6, he caved and revealed the grisly details of her death, the Star-Tribune said.
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