Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Drew Thacker, 17-year-old Oak Grove High School student accused of parents' murders, case to go grand jury

Drew Thacker, the 17-year-old accused of shooting his parents to death in their west Jefferson County home earlier this month, initially told sheriff's deputies he blacked out the day of the killings and woke to find his parents dead, but he eventually confessed to the murders, according to court testimony today.
Drew Brennan Thacker
Detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office testified during a preliminary hearing that Drew Thacker first said he could not remember if he had killed his parents, Barbara and Ronnie Thacker, or if anyone else was in their home in the 9900 block of Taylors Ferry Road on Nov. 8 -- the day deputies discovered the Thackers shot to death.
But Sgt. Wayne Curry testified that Drew Thacker, who was a student at Oak Grove High School, eventually confessed to him that he shot both of them in the head and hid the gun.
Luke Thacker, Drew Thacker's older brother, testified today that he had spent about four hours with his brother on the day of his parents' death, visiting friends and eating at fast food restaurants in Bessemer. He said his brother's mood was "sad" and that he would lay his head on the window while they rode around. But Luke Thacker said he did not know of his parents' death until they arrived home later that night and Drew Thacker urged him not to go in the house.
"He told me 'Mom and dad are dead. I killed them,'" Luke Thacker testified.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Hobdy Jr. today found sufficient probable cause to hand the case over to a grand jury. Drew Thacker will remain in the Jefferson County Jail without bond.
The Bessemer division of the Jefferson County district attorney's office today indicated it is not seeking the death penalty in the case because of Drew Thacker's age.

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