An Alabama man admitted to the grizzly murder of his wife, three dogs, and parrot, telling authorities he was angry over a text message he saw on his wife's phone. He also complained that his wife and the parrot talked too much, according to a note investigators found.
Robin Wayne Penton, 53, of Huntsville, Ala., was arrested in March after being charged with killing his 34-year-old wife, Colleen Penton, WAFF reported.
At Penton's preliminary hearing on Wednesday, homicide investigator Michael Leftwich testified about their findings.
Penton's brother called 911 the day of the alleged killings March 10, telling the Huntsville Police Department that Penton was looking at his wife's body, and had taken pain killers and rum to kill himself.
When officers arrived, the investigator said they saw a trail of blood leading from the kitchen to the bathroom, and blood on the walls. Penton allegedly shot his wife three times in the back of the head, placed her body in the bathroom, and put plastic flowers and an angel figurine next to her, according to The Huntsville Times.
Paramedics saved Penton's life despite a lethal dose of hydrocodone washed down with booze. A suicide note left by the suspect said he beat his wife before shooting her, then cut off her nose, according to testimony.
Officers also found three dead dogs and a dead parrot that had been shot. Penton allegedly killed the dogs because they had not been trained by his wife. In the note, he said he killed the parrot and his wife because they talked too much.
After being discharged from the hospital, investigators said Penton admitted to the killings, and that he was set off by a text message his wife sent to a friend, which said: "He's only been home for a few minutes and he's already talking crap."
Leftwich testified that Penton claimed his wife "didn't deserve this, but she wanted it."
In a separate note found by authorities in the house, Penton allegedly threatened his wife's ex-husband, his former boss that laid him off, and his young stepchildren, according to WFLA. Leftwich testified that during his interrogation, Penton showed no remorse, and said he would still kill those he threatened in the note.
The case will now proceed to a grand jury. Penton's bond is currently set at $500,000.