13-Yr-Old Pixley Boy Accused of Killing His Grandmother

September 28, 2009 7:32:31 PM PDT
13-year old Baylor Bowles waived his appearance in court during his trial. In court, Baylor's father talked about the moments before and after police say the teen shot his grandmother.46-year old Ronald Bowles testified he and his now-13-year old son, Baylor Bowles lived with his mother, Shirley, at her home in Pixley on October 7th, 2008.

On that morning, Ronald Bowles says he received a call from his mother about a problem she was having with the child at her house. Bowles told the court, "She said he was having a meltdown and was hurting my dog"

Ronald says as he rushed home from work he got another call from his mother saying Baylor was hitting her with a broom. He described the moments when he arrived at the house, "My son was sitting on the couch and I asked him where his grandmother was. And he was curled up in a fetal position rocking back and forth."

A minute later, Ronald says Baylor told him his grandmother was in the garage. He said, "My mother was standing in the garage uh a small amount of blood in her mouth, and just standing there."

Ronald Bowles says his mother said "He shot me." Bowles testified he then called 9-1-1 and brought her into the living room. He said he spotted his .22-caliber shotgun on a pillow on the living room floor and moved it to the garage. Shirley died shortly after.

The boy's father also testified Baylor had been expelled from school and was on medication to treat mental illness. He testified Baylor didn't take his pills the night before the shooting and that Baylor's mother and grandmother, Shirley, had a history of mental illness. He testified the grandmother would often insult Baylor. Bowles said, "Tell him he was crazy telling him he hadn't done his work when he had, you know accused him of lying."

Testimony will continue Tuesday, the suspect has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. If he's found guilty of murder, then the judge will have to decide if he was insane at the time of the murder ... if so, he could be sent to an institution instead of jail.

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