A 17-year-old Texas boy gave investigators a disturbing confession, confessing he shot two friends, killing one, inside his home just days before Christmas because he had wanted to “commit homicide for a long time.”
According to court documents obtained by KHOU 11, Connor Hilton invited the two victims, both teens, to his home on December 23 to show them the pistol he reportedly persuaded his mother to buy for him. Jennifer Carpenter, Hilton’s attorney, contradicts his explanation of how he obtained the pistol.
Hilton shot both of them in the head while demonstrating the weapon. Ethan Riley, 18, was pronounced dead the next day, while Benjamin Bliek, 19, remains in critical condition. After hearing the gunshots, a third individual who was inside the house at the time of the shooting hid in the toilet and contacted the police.
That person informed detectives that they overheard Hilton asking himself, “What have I done?” as he passed past the bathroom door.
Hilton was “visibly distraught” when authorities arrived, according to ABC News. They entered the house and found Riley and Bliek on the floor, as well as the revolver on the table.
Hilton was charged with two charges of aggravated assault causing serious bodily harm and released after posting a $1 million bond. On Monday, he was detained again and charged with murder. Hilton will now be held by police.
Hilton told detectives that “he had been thinking about, and wanted to commit a homicide for a long time” and that he was looking for a pistol “with the intent of shooting someone and/or himself.” The complaint states that “Hilton stated that he fully understands what he had done and that he should be held accountable.”