DISCOVERY BAY (BCN) — The person accused of killing 9-yr-previous Jordon Almgren in 2015 whereas he slept in his Discovery Bay residence did so to really feel what it was wish to take a human life, a Contra Costa County prosecutor stated Monday.
William Shultz, now 20, snuck into the boy’s room at about three:forty five a.m. on April 26, 2015, after shutting off energy to the home on the circuit breaker field within the storage, Deputy District Lawyer Simon O’Connell stated at present throughout his opening assertion in Shultz’s homicide trial.
Shultz, who pleaded not responsible in 2015, “crept upstairs veiled in darkness” and plunged a 5-inch searching knife with a partially serrated blade into Almgren’s physique 5 occasions, O’Connell stated.
Shultz stabbed the third-grader so exhausting and so deeply within the chest that the knife left a hilt mark on his physique.
He slit Almgren’s throat and stabbed him within the neck, severing the boy’s spinal column, O’Connell stated.
Shultz additionally reduce his personal arm badly sufficient to go away blood proof on the scene, in accordance with O’Connell.
“I put my hand over his mouth so he wouldn’t make a sound,” O’Connell stated Shultz informed investigators. “I wanted to see what it felt wish to kill anyone.”
He fled the house in a pickup truck he stole from the Almgren household, in response to O’Connell.
Shultz, who has pleaded not responsible to homicide and housebreaking costs, was on the Almgren residence that night time as a result of he had been kicked out of his personal home after an argument together with his mom.
Earlier that day, he had advised her that she “may as nicely simply shoot me” due to what he felt was the approaching begin of an apocalyptic world conflict, O’Connell stated.
Kate Shultz was so nervous about her son that she referred to as the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Workplace, which dispatched a deputy to the house.
William Shultz, who O’Connell described as charming and persuasive, agreed to a voluntary psychological well being analysis at Contra Costa Regional Medical Middle in Martinez. It was there that he was advised his principle of a looming international struggle was a delusion, in accordance with O’Connell.
He was despatched house in a taxi that very same day, mocked the psychological well being suppliers with whom he had talked and argued together with his mom till she kicked him out of the home, O’Connell stated.
He grabbed a duffel bag crammed with some books, a primary help package, rubber surgical gloves, two maps of the USA, a compass, a survival blanket, a flint and the knife, and walked the brief distance to the Almgren home, the place his greatest good friend lived together with his 4 siblings.
Along with the Almgrens, 4 different teen boys have been spending the night time on the residence in anticipation of a paintball tour the subsequent morning.
“You didn’t have to fret about something as a result of the home was full of a lot laughter,” stated Jordon’s mom Melissa, in line with O’Connell.
The Almgrens have stated that they had no concept about Shultz’s attainable psychological well being points.
The opposite boys went to mattress at about 2 a.m. however Shultz stayed awake getting ready to kill any person. He picked Jordon Almgren as a result of he was “the littlest and weakest,” O’Connell stated.
Deputy Public Defender Cynthia Scofield didn’t dispute that Shultz killed Almgren, however informed the jurors that the stabbing was not premeditated.
She stated that to know the case, it’s vital to know that Shultz’s house life had been deteriorating for years.
His mother and father had cut up and leveled accusations of substance abuse and psychological sickness at one another, Scofield stated.
Allegations of parental neglect additionally surfaced and Shultz’s sister, who was transitioning to male, had died by suicide, Scofield stated.
He was doing so poorly in class that he was kicked off of the water polo group. He hitchhiked to Southern California with no cash, no cellphone and with out sporting footwear, she stated.
“Issues are falling aside and his head is spinning,” Scofield stated.
The day earlier than the killing, he was launched from the hospital with none medicine to regulate his delusional ideas, Scofield stated.
“Woman’s and gents, that’s what seals the deal in Billy’s chaotic thoughts,” she informed the jurors.
The trial is predicted to proceed Tuesday morning in Contra Costa County Superior Courtroom in Martinez.