Prosecutors have revealed Colin ‘CJ’ Haynie skipped school in order to carry out the horror killings on January 17 in the family’s home near the small town of Grantsville, west of Salt Lake City
A Utah teenager charged with killing his mother and three younger siblings is accused of ‘methodically’ shooting them dead one by one as they returned home over a five hour period.
Colin ‘CJ’ Haynie, 16, has been charged as an adult over the murder of his mother and three siblings – aged aged 12, 14 and 15 – and the attempted killing of his father.
Prosecutors have revealed the teen skipped school in order to carry out the horror killings on January 17 in the Mormon family’s home near the small town of Grantsville, west of Salt Lake City.
Authorities, who do not yet have a motive for the slayings, have released few details regarding the case until now.
Investigators have been piecing together a timeline of the crime spree ever since Haynie was taken into custody at a hospital on the day of the killings.
Police were able to obtain brief details from Haynie himself, as well as get statements from his father as he recovered from his injuries in hospital.
Colin ‘CJ’ Haynie, 16, (second from left) has been charged as an adult over the murder of his mother and three siblings – aged aged 12, 14 and 15 – and the attempted killing of his father. His older brother, 24, (center) was not home when the killings took place
Authorities say the killing spree started when Haynie shot dead his mother Consuelo Alejandra ‘Alex’ Haynie, 52, and 12-year-old sister Milan when they came into the family home at about 1pm.
His 15-year-old sister Alexis Haynie was shot dead an hour later after returning home from school.
Police say Matthew Haynie, 14, was then shot in the head when he came home from school at about 5.17pm.
About an hour later, his 50-year-old father Colin Haynie arrived home and was shot in the leg when he walked in the door.
Investigators say the father was eventually able to get the gun away from Haynie following a struggle.
The teen then allegedly told his father that his mother and siblings were dead and his ‘intention was to kill everyone in the home except himself’.
A neighbor called 911 at about 7pm to say she’d gone to the home and Haynie had told her he had killed his mother and siblings.
The neighbor and her husband were driving Haynie and his injured father to the hospital while she was calling 911.
Haynie was taken into custody at the hospital.
Colin ‘CJ’ Haynie, 16, has been charged as an adult over the murder of his mother, Consuelo Alejandra ‘Alex’ Haynie, 52, and siblings Alexis, 15, Milan, 12, and Matthew, 14 (left to right)
HAYNIE FAMILY KILLING TIMELINE
1pm: Consuelo Alejandra ‘Alex’ Haynie, 52, and 12-year-old Milan are shot dead entering the home.
2pm: Alexis Haynie, 15, is killed after returning home from school.
5.17pm: Matthew Haynie, 14, is shot in the head returning from school.
6.15pm: Colin Haynie returns home and is shot in the leg. He wrestles gun out of his son’s hand.
7pm: Neighbor calls 911 to report killings and drives the father and son to the hospital. Haynie is arrested at the hospital while his father is treated.
His older brother, Danny Haynie, 24, was not home when the shootings occurred.
The father said, via a statement from a lawyer, that the ordeal was ‘nearly unbearable’. He asked for privacy as he tries to ‘heal himself and those he loves, including both of his sons’.
Police believe Haynie used a family handgun to carry out the attacks.
They are currently examining computers and cell phones to try and determine a motive.
The teen is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.
He is charged with 10 felonies: Four counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder and five counts of felony discharged of a firearm.
Funerals for the mother, her two daughters and son were held on Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Alexis Haynie was the goalie on her junior varsity soccer team and loved art and piano, according to an obituary posted by the Didericksen Memorial funeral home.
Matthew Haynie was an 8th grader who liked soccer, wrestling and anything to do with Star Wars. Milan Haynie was a 7th grader who dreamed of being an engineer and enjoyed soccer, volleyball, super heroes and doing art with her sister.
The mother was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, and loved to prepare meals, garden and take care of her fruit trees, the obituary said.
Pallbearers carry a casket following the funeral services for Consuelo Alejandra Haynie, daughters 12-year-old Milan and 15-year-old Alexis and 14-year-old son Matthew
Funerals for the mother, her two daughters and son were held on Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mourners gathered at the church on Friday afternoon for the funerals of the four family members