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Teen Allegedly Killed Parents After Grim Internet Search

Investigators say Daejona Holmes searched for 'scary movies where kids kill parents'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2018 1:12 PM CDT
Police got a warrant to search Daejona Holmes' phone.   (Getty Images/wasan prunglampoo)

(Newser) – A 15-year-old Kansas City girl has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder after allegedly killing her parents, prosecutors announced Monday—and police allege they found some damning content on her phone. WDAF reports Daejona Holmes placed a 911 call on April 9 saying her parents—Kinderly Holmes, 37, and Brian Starr, 38—had been killed in a robbery. But during two interviews with investigators, the story shifted: Per court documents, Holmes first said she was at home heating up pasta as her parents argued, heard a shot, walked past her father and saw her mother's body, then grabbed a gun and killed her father downstairs. During the next interview, she allegedly added details: She said she entered the home a second time to get her mom's phone, changed her clothes, and moved her dad's body.

After securing a search warrant for Holmes' phone, investigators say they discovered a web search for "scary movies where kids kill parents," rap lyrics expressing a desire to see her dad dead, and a Feb. 15 video of a dancing, gun-toting Holmes in her bedroom. They also allegedly uncovered a stick-figure drawing in a backpack featuring "me" and "dad"; "me" held a gun. The Kansas City Star reports Kinderly Holmes' body was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the stomach in an upstairs bedroom; Starr was near the front door and had been shot in the mouth and torso. KMBC reports Holmes will be tried as an adult, which is why her name has been released. (Read more murder stories.)

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