A Tennessee man was found dead Monday one day after confessing to killing his mother and a friend in a chilling Facebook post.
Casey Lawhorn, 23, posted a 1,000-word confession online Sunday before fleeing his family's East Ridge home. Police found the bodies of his mother Vi Lawhorn and friend Avery Gaines, who were both shot to death, in the house. After a manhunt, police found Lawhorn dead in Mississippi from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Before I start, I need to emphasize that I take full responsibility for my actions," Lawhorn's Facebook post said. "Nothing anyone has or hasn't done to me caused this, my decisions and my failures are my own. Technical Details: This morning, at around 01:30, I shot and killed my mother and a close friend of mine with a stolen .22 LR [long rifle.]"
He then wrote about how he picked up his mother from a bar early Sunday morning.
“My mom was completely wasted, and just like every other time she gets drunk, she goes on and on, without prompt, about how devastated she’d be if I killed myself,” the post said. It said that when Lawhorn got home, he shot Gaines, who was sleeping on the couch in the living room. He then shot his mom.
“She started screaming the worst scream I've ever heard. Movies really don't do justice to how true terror sounds,” Lawhorn wrote. "She shouted, 'You shot me! You've killed me! Why?' Once I got the jam fixed, I turned on the light so I wouldn't miss again. I shot at her twice more and it was over. [...] I've spent a lot of time thinking about murder, wondering what it feels like. But I've barely felt anything.”
Police said Lawhorn also confessed to the murders in a 911 call. Lawhorn did not reveal a motive, though he did mention that he has been suicidal since high school.
Police found Lawhorn's broken-down gold 2002 Ford Taurus on Sunday while searching for him, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. The office announced Monday that Lawhorn's body had been found in Vossburg, Mississippi.
[Photos: Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Facebook]
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