A 13-year-old Colorado boy suspected of shooting his father
dead and concealing the killing for days by calling the man's
work to say his dad was sick has made his first court
appearance as prosecutors weigh whether to charge him as an
Kai Kelly was arrested last week on suspicion of first-degree
murder in the death of his father, Joseph Kelly, in the small
mountain town of Gypsum, about 105 miles (170 km) west of
Jill Sarmo, spokeswoman for the Eagle County District
Attorney's Office, said the boy was appointed a public
defender on Monday (local time) and will be formally charged
at a later date. She said prosecutors have not decided
whether to charge him as an adult.
Police uncovered the crime after the boy called his father's
employer several days in a row to say his dad was sick and
would not be coming to work, according to a statement from
Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy.
The employer ultimately became suspicious and contacted
police. When deputies arrived at the home, Kai Kelly told
them his 50-year-old father was dead inside, police said.
The elder Kelly died from two gunshot wounds to the head
fired from a .22-calibre rifle, Eagle County coroner Kara
"One (shot) was to the back of the head and one to the
temple," Bettis told reporters, adding that the shot to the
temple was a "contact" wound.
Based on the condition of the decomposing body, it appeared
that the man had been dead for six days, Bettis said.
Authorities have not released a possible motive for the
slaying but said Kai Kelly was under investigation for spray
painting graffiti, and Joseph Kelly had failed to show for a
meeting with police about the incident.
The sheriff said the boy's parents are divorced, but did not
provide other details about the mother.