Midwest City police release drawings from machete murder case
MIDWEST CITY, Aug 28, 2011 (The Oklahoman - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Police have released photos of two gruesome drawings found in the home of a teenager who pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing his grandparents with a machete.
"It's just more evidence that we were dealing with a person who certainly was not, in our opinion, of the right state of mind," Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.
Kyle A. Smith, 17, lived with his grandparents, David Garrick, 60, and Rose Garrick, 57. He admitted hacking and stabbing them to death with the machete inside their house March 22.
He made a videotape of the couple's bodies afterward.
One drawing is of a deformed cartoon rabbit holding a decapitated head. The rabbit is identified as the extremely dangerous, crazy cousin of the Trix rabbit. It is saying, "I am real. Trix are for kids. Ha. Ha. Ha." Trix is the cartoon rabbit from commercials for the popular fruit-flavored breakfast cereal of the same name.
The second drawing depicts a fire-breathing dragon skeleton fighting a horned serpent next to a dismembered body. The body parts appear to spell out the word "Kill." Smith's name is at the bottom.
The police chief said, "Parents and grandparents ... when they see stuff like this, they really need to take note and try to sit down with their child or grandchild and actually find out what's going on with them and try to determine is there an issue that need to be addressed." Smith had been getting treatment for depression.
Clabes said Rose Garrick planned to take her grandson "back to a physician to get his medication adjusted because he'd become aggressive." Smith was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, plus 10 years.
He pleaded guilty to arson, conspiracy to commit arson, animal cruelty and two counts of first-degree murder. A defense attorney said Smith has been diagnosed since his arrest as having a bipolar disorder.
Under current law, the earliest he can be released on parole would be 2057. He was 16 at the time of the deaths.
Police initially described the drawings as demonic in an inventory of a search of the home. The police chief released the photos of the drawings in response to a request from The Oklahoman.
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