Teen William Shultz Fatally Stabbed 9-Year-Old To 'See What It Was Like': Report

04/29/2015 11:42 am ET | Updated Apr 29, 2015
Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

A California teen accused of fatally stabbing his best friend's 9-year-old brother told a reporter he did so because he "wanted to see what it was like."

In an exclusive jailhouse interview with the Contra Costa Times, 18-year-old William Shultz told a reporter he wished he hadn't killed Jordon Almgren, smiling as he talked about his own mental health.

"I do have remorse for what I did," Shultz told the publication. "But there's a reason for everything that happens."

Shultz was arrested last Sunday after allegedly killing the child earlier that morning. After having an argument with his parents, the teen spent the night at his best friend's house, where he and others ate pizza and played video games. After everyone had gone to sleep, Shultz said he remained awake with thoughts of paranoia. That's when he said he went into the child's room.

The child was stabbed in the neck, according to SF Gate.

Just a day before the alleged killing, Shultz was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation. He was discharged later that day.

The suspect told Contra Costa Times that he had started to notice coincidences in books he read, obsessed with the number three and worried that the world would soon come to an end. "I wanted to see what it was like to take a life before someone tried to take mine," Shultz said.

The teen has been charged with murder and one count of residential burglary.

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