Ethan Alexander Orton, a 17-year-old from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly killed his parents. He told police that he killed parents to “take charge of his life.”

According to court documents, police arrived on the scene at 2 a.m. Thursday after they got reports of a strange individual on the Orton property. Ethan Alexander Orton was sitting in front of his house covered in his parents’ blood.

The 17-year-old told officers that he had stabbed his mother, 41-year-old Misty Scott Slade, before taking an axe to his father, 42-year-old Casey Orton. He then had to use the axe on his mother when it appeared that she survived the stabbing.

Police found Ethan Alexander Orton in front of his house covered in his parent's blood. The teen admitted to killing his parents so he could "take charge of his life," a police investigation in ongoing. (Credit: Google Maps)
Police found Ethan Alexander Orton in front of his house covered in his parents’ blood. The teen admitted to killing his parents so he could “take charge of his life,” a police investigation is ongoing. (Credit: Google Maps)

Both parents’ bodies were found inside the home.

The 17-year-old appeared in court on Thursday and according to the Linn County Attorney’s Office, Orton will be tried as an adult. His bail was set at $2 million.

Police have started an investigation into the tragic death of the killed parents.

This is not the first time that a teen has killed their parents. Last month, a Texas teen killed his whole family before taking his own life. William Quince Colburn III took to social media and announced that he had killed his mom, dad, sister and two dogs.

According to the teen, he had shot them all and he even posted graphic photos on his social media of his slain family. The teen even threatened that he was going to do some damage to a school.

Because of the attention that Colburn’s posts got, police were able to arrive at his home in Aransas Pass and tried to get the 15-year-old to surrender. He sadly killed himself before police could enter the home.

According to police, they weren’t sure what specific school he wanted to target, the teen appeared to home schooled, but Colburn had the weapons to do so. Officers found two guns and a rifle in his possession.

Like the Ethan Alexander Orton killings, family and community members were left to figure out why this tragic event had happened. Mahria Batts, daughter of the Colburn parents and older sister to William Quince Colburn III, woke up to the tragic news on what would have been her mother’s 53rd birthday.

She posted on a GoFundMe for her family and said, “This is not something we ever imagined to happen. We were not prepared for 1 loss, yet alone 4. Especially our siblings. We are hurt. We do not understand. We are lost. We are angry. We are asking that you please understand that no matter what the events are that came to pass, that we are still mourning all 4.”

So far, the GoFundMe has raised almost $20,000, which will go towards the burials of the slain Colburn family.

Another family murder took place this week in Staten Island. A local teen got into argument with his mom and ended up shooting her with his father’s gun. The murder happened on Burbank Ave. near S. Railroad Ave. in New Dorp about 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

According to his father, Adnan Pelinkovic, 18, was arguing with his parents in their New York kitchen when the situation escalated and the teen ended up taking his father’s gun and shooting his mother, Minire Pelinkovic, 51, in the chest.

She was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North and in the beginning, the woman was listed in stable condition. But then she took a turn for the worse and sadly passed away.

A 54-year-old dad, Enver Pelinkovic, also suffered an injury during the tragic shooting, but it was minor. The Staten Island father received a cut on his cheek from the bullet grazing him. He still doesn’t know what his son and wife were arguing about.

Police found Adnam Pelinkovic a couple blocks away with the gun in his hand. They have since taken him into police custody and are holding him without bail.

When police caught up with the teen, he told them, “I shot my dad. I did try to kill them.”