Blood covered teen admits to killing parents

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A blood-covered 17-year-old was found during the early morning hours Thursday outside a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, home. He told officers that he had killed his own parents.

A Facebook post from the Cedar Rapids Police Dept. identified the teen as Ethan Alexander Orton. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in adult court for the murder of his father, 42-year-old Casey Arthur Orton and his mother, 41-year-old Misty Dawn Scott Slade.

He allegedly used a knife and axe to kill them.

In a statement provided to CBS 2, McGrath Auto where both Orton and Slade worked, said the business is “heartbroken” by the loss.

The choice to charge Orton as an adult was made in coordination with the Linn County Attorney’s Office, said police. Orton was transported to the Linn County Detention Center following the incident.

Police are still investigating the crime.