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Sentencing phase begins for teen who killed brother

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An investigator goes over crime scene photos (Source: Marlene Steele, Steele Studios) An investigator goes over crime scene photos (Source: Marlene Steele, Steele Studios)
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By Brad Underwood – bio | email

RISING SUN, IN (FOX19) - Sentencing began Wednesday for an Indiana teenager who killed his little brother.

Andrew Conley, 17, pled guilty to murder earlier this week for the death of his brother, Conner, 10. Andrew Conley faces the maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. He cannot be sentenced to the death penalty because of his age.

On Wednesday, police officers and detectives who talked with Andrew Conley after the murder gave their testimony in front of Judge Humphreys in Ohio County Circuit Court.

All of the officers testified that Andrew walked into the Rising Sun police station after the murder and told police what he did. Investigators said he was teary eyed when he first walked into the station, but then showed no emotion as he explained what happened.

Andrew told police he was wrestling with his little brother and started to strangle him. When he saw blood coming out of Conner's nose, he taped a plastic Wal-Mart bag around the boy's head using black electrical tape. Andrew then put his brother in his car and took him to the woods near Ohio County Middle School, covered him with leaves and brush, and left him.

He told officers where Conner's body was, and also gave them the keys to his car, where they found a bloody towel. Andrew was arrested after police found Conner's body. When their parents arrived at the police station, their mother told Andrew, "You killed my son," and Andrew replied, "I know."

Monday Conley changed his plea from not guilty by insanity to guilty.

"Theres not a lot of mitigation in our opinion as to the weight to be given to his guilty plea given the fact there was no question he committed this murder," said Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.

During Wednesday's testimony, Andrew remained still simply looking down and staring at the defense table.

Prosecutors are expected to spend Wednesday and Thursday presenting their case. Defense attorneys will then have a chance to present their case. The judge is then expected to take at least a week to make his decision.


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