The King brothers, Derek and Alex (12 and 13 years-old at the time), were convicted of beating their father to death with a baseball bat while he slept. Read more on the King brothers below.
The King brothers’ motive for the killing of their father, Terry King, are unclear but it seems they were influenced by a sex offender neighbor named Rick Chavis. Chavis was initially acquitted but then convicted of being an accessory after the fact.
The boys killed their father Terry King with a baseball bat and then set the house afire to conceal evidence of the slaying. The King brothers’ neighbor had reportedly talked them into committing the murder so he could continue a sexual relationship with the younger brother. .
The two boys soon confessed that they had killed their father. Alex claimed that he had thought up the bizarre plan, and Derek said that he had been the one who had swung the bat.
The King boys were charged with first-degree murder, the jury was allowed by law to find them guilty of a lesser charge—which they did. and now, at the age of 18, after serving 6 years in the prison, Alex came out only recently as a free man.
Derek and Alex King went on NBC TV’s “Today” show Tuesday to talk about their life and plans after prison. The boys said they made a mistake and have now chosen to be “productive citizens.” They plan to attend the same junior college.
The brothers, now released from prison, are speaking out about their life before and after incarceration in an interviews with NBC.
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