Two 13-year-old Wisconsin boys have been accused of brutally murdering a 78-year-old woman who was the great-grandmother of one of the suspects.
Antonio D. Barbeau and Nathan D. Paape, of Sheboygan, allegedly went to the home of Barbara J. Olson on Sept. 24, bringing a hammer and a hatchet with them, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Prosecutors say they the boys intended to kill the woman.
According to a criminal complaint, Barbeau knocked his great-grandmother down with the blunt end of the hatchet before the two eighth-graders repeatedly bludgeoned her with the hatchet and hammer. Barbeau allegedly made the final blow with the hatchet's blade.
At the time, Barbeau was a runaway from the Sheboygan County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Post Crescent.
The two boys took jewelry, loose change and a purse from Olson's home, then stole her car and drove it to get pizza, the complaint states.
The car was left unlocked in a bowling alley parking lot with the jewelry in full view. Authorities say Barbeau and Paape were hoping someone else would steal it and subsequently be charged with Olson's murder.
Olson's body was found in her garage two days later.
"I think the fact they both went out and got a pizza right after killing this woman indicates some of their extreme lack of concern," Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco told WISN.
Barbeau and Paape are each charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Bond was set at $1 million apiece.
Both boys are being charged as adults, the Associated Press reports, though Barbeau's attorney says he is trying to have the case moved to juvenile court.
If convicted as adults, the two would receive mandatory life sentences.
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