EAST RIDGE, Tenn.- A fugitive who announced on social media he had fatally shot his mother and a friend in east Tennessee has apparently killed himself, authorities said after the man’s body was determined Monday in neighboring Mississippi.
Casey Lawhorn apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot meander after allegedly shooting his mother Vi Lawhorn and friend Avery Gaines on Sunday in East Ridge, Tennessee, according to a statement from Jasper County Sheriff Randy Johnson. According to media reports, Lawhorn had said in the online posts that he had “spent a lot of hour thinking about murder, wondering what it feels like.”
Mississippi Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said the 23 -year-old man’s body was observed Monday morning in Vossburg, a community about 330 miles( 530 kilometers) southwest of East Ridge. Lawhorn “used social media to announce he had murdered his mother and friend, ” Strain said in a statement.
East Ridge Assistant Police Chief Stan Allen told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that Lawhorn had notified authorities about the bodies before fleeing the country. His abandoned car was find along Interstate 59 in Mississippi not far from where his body was found.
Allen told police believe the announcement about the slayings, built on Facebook, was posted by Lawhorn because it had details only the murderer would know.
Lawhorn said in the posts that Gaines was sleeping at his house while he left early Sunday to pick up his mother at a bar. After Lawhorn returned home with her, he began putting his scheme into action, according to the man’s post.
“I nervously paced for a few minutes, playing the coming events out in my head, which were vastly different from what actually happened. I strolled up to Avery as he slept and shot him in the head once, he seemed to die instantly.”
He then shot his mother, but she didn’t die immediately, according to the posts.
“She started hollering the worst scream I’ve ever heard. Movies actually don’t do justice to how true terror sounds, ” he wrote.
He said in the posts he shot at her twice more before it was over and then he took fund and heroin from Gaines. “I was shaking from adrenaline, ” he wrote, but said he didn’t feel anything else except abhorrence at the corpse.
Lawhorn signed off by saying their pets were safe: “I didn’t hurt our dog or cat, in case anyone was wondering about the animals.”
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