A 48-year-old man was charged with murdering his stepfather after returning from a Christmas dinner on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by Arizona Family.
The documents indicate Gilbert police were first notified of a suspicious vehicle on Osborne Lane, near Recker and Warner roads, at 4:30 pm on Sunday. Upon arrival, they found a car with multiple bullet holes in the windshield.
During a search for Michael Kinney, investigators found him unresponsive inside the vehicle, with blood dripping from his mouth. Police attempted CPR on Kinney, but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Within a short period of time, Michael Trevlyn Kaser emerged from the garage of the house.
During the arrest process, Kaser is alleged to have uttered, “I killed my stepfather,” and “I should have killed him a long time ago.” Police are alleged to have found blood on Kaser’s jacket and shell casings on the garage floor.
According to reports, Kaser confessed to the murder during an interview with authorities. While driving home from a Christmas dinner with his mother and stepfather, he got out of the car as the car approached their house. As Kinney was pulling into the driveway, Kaser grabbed a .380 handgun from the house and fired several shots through the windshield.
It is reported that he reached into the vehicle after the shooting and put the vehicle into neutral. After that, the car rolled back down the driveway and struck another nearby house.
At the time of the shooting, Kaser did not recall his mother in the car and claimed that he did not intend to hurt anyone else. In response to a question about his motivation, Kaser said he was “done” with Kinney.
Kaser alleges that his stepfather abused him and his mother for years. As a result, Kaser is now facing a charge of first-degree murder and a charge of possessing a weapon.