PHOENIX — Police say a Phoenix father has confessed to killing his son
with an ax.
Sgt. Steve Martos says 51-year-old Gary Sherrill was arrested on New Year’s Eve
and booked on a charge of first-degree murder. It’s not clear whether the man
has an attorney.
Sherrill’s ex-wife called police after he failed to return their child. The
13-year-old boy had been picked up by Sherrill a day earlier, but the mother had
not been able to reach them.
KNXV reports Sherrill initially told police the boy
wasn’t home. Officers asked more questions and Sherrill eventually let them in.
Police found the boy dead. He had stab wounds and lacerations to several parts
of his body.
Martos says Sherrill told police he believed his son was a demon and was going
to eat him.
Information from: KNXV-TV