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A 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend have been charged with murder for allegedly killing her mother and stealing her car in New York before being stopped by Missouri police for traveling 111 mph.
Chief Drew Forsythe of the Greek Police Department announced murder charges against Hannah Thomas and Richard Avila, 16, in the murder of Otillia Piros, 36, at their home in Greece, New York, during a conference call. press.
Forsythe called the murder “heinous and disgusting,” and said the teens had shot Piros twice in the head sometime between December 28 and 29.
“What makes this case even more egregious and disgusting is the fact that Otillia was executed in her own home at the hands of her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend,” Forsythe said.
The teens are Arizona residents and were visiting Piros during the holidays, police said.
Court documents allege that Thomas claimed the vehicle belonged to her grandmother.
Thomas later admitted that the vehicle was her mom’s and that her mother had given the car to her.
Authorities also said that the traffic stop led them to conducting a welfare call at Piros’ West Parkway home, which led to officers discovering her body.
Police said they found a handgun in the car and a ballistic analysis indicates it was the weapon used in the murder.
Forsythe did not speculate on the motive for the murder.
Both have been charged with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
The two teens remain in custody in Missouri awaiting transfer to New York.
It was not immediately clear if the couple had attorneys to represent them.