A Canadian teen is on the hook for murder after police recorded his confession on a bugged Xbox 360 game.
In September 2009, two groups of teenagers ran into each other in an alley somewhere in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. An altercation took place, ultimately resulting in the death of 19-year-old Charlotte Jolly, who was shot with a rifle taken from a stolen car. Police had a suspect but were apparently short on proof until, with a little help from his uncle, they were able to record a confession.
The uncle, who agreed to cooperate in exchange for the cancellation of a drunk driving charge against him, allowed police to hide a microphone inside one of his Xbox 360 games. He then invited his nephew over for a “midnight-to-dawn” session of Guitar Hero, during which the suspect gave his confession.
Police then arrested the suspect, who was 16 at the time of the shooting and thus cannot be named, and charged him with second-degree murder; his lawyer said his client “will admit to causing Jolly’s death, but intent will figure in the defense case.”
There are a few lessons to be learned from this mess, which I will now touch on just to make sure nobody misses them. One: don’t kill people. Two: if you do kill people, keep your mouth shut about it. Three: crazy uncles with booze problems and looming court cases are probably not the best people to tell your deepest, darkest secrets.