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Where Is Anthony Templet From 'I Just Killed My Dad' Now?
Anthony Templet killed his own father Burt Templet when he was 17. But his story was vastly more complicated than it appeared.
“I just killed my dad,” Anthony Templet told a 911 dispatcher the day he shot his father to death.
While it seemed as though the facts of the slaying were made clear by this confession, Netflix’s “I Just Killed My Dad” makes it clear that the situation was much more complicated than that.
The three-part docuseries dives into the June 2019 shooting of Burt Templet, 53. His 17-year-old son Anthony shot at him three times, striking him twice, inside their luxurious Baton Rouge home. Bert died a few days later, as a result of a the bullet that struck him in the head.
Anthony said the shooting had been in self-defense and that he'd endured more than a decade of abuse, psychological and otherwise at his father's hands. His biological mother, Teresa Thompson, said Burt had kidnapped Anthony when he was just 5 years old from Houston, Texas and went to great lengths to keep her from him.
News of Anthony's killing of Burt was how his family found out where he'd been.
“After 11 years of waiting to hear if my brother was still alive, he is found,” his sister Natasha Templet told WAFB 9 in Baton Rouge at the time. “He has been secluded and abused all these years by his own father. My brave brother had to defend himself for the last time against that evil man.”
Anthony stated that his father had been drinking and acting out violently when he shot him; he expressed that he felt as though there was no other option. He explained to the producers of the series that he didn’t trust law enforcement because they seemingly failed him so many times before. In the months leading up to the shooting, he claimed his father had become increasingly violent after his stepmom left him; she left alleging Burt threatened to kill her. In turn she filed a restraining order, and Burt hid for weeks, often armed with loaded guns, to avoid being served the protective order, according to the series.
As the series revealed, Anthony’s childhood was stolen from him. His father kept him out of public school, or any schooling for that matter, so he could keep him hidden away from his biological mother. At the time of his arrest, the mostly homebound Anthony didn’t even known his own birthday or address. The series also showed how Burt kept tabs on his son by monitoring him with a tracking device and by installing cameras throughout their house.
Anthony was originally charged with second-degree murder, which was reduced to a manslaughter charge. But he managed to cut a deal through his lawyer in March of 2021 by pleading no contest to negligent homicide. In turn, he received five years of supervised probation with credit for the time he had already served following his arrest. Anthony, now 20, was given a special condition to obtaining his high school diploma. He has also been instructed to undergo counseling and obtain either full-time employment or education. If he is about to meet those requirements, his criminal record will be expunged.
As “I Just Killed My Dad” chronicles, Anthony has reconnected with his mother and maternal family.
“I have a strong want and desire for Anthony to be successful in life. He lived an incredibly hopeless life, and no one got involved to help him until he shot his father. And that act, unbelievably, has brought all this care and concern into his life,” Anthony’s lawyer Jarrett Ambeau, exclaimed in the docuseries. “At the end of the day, the system came through for this kid.”
At the end of the docuseries, Anthony vows to lead a normal life as the young man, once deemed someone with no emotion, fights back tears.