Kolten Glenn Orr was 14 years old when he murdered his father’s fiance, Laura Beth Hendrix, at their home in Vinita, Oklahoma.
At around 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2016, Orr walked into the Vinita Police Department and asked an officer for a hug before he confessed to murdering Hendrix.
He told the officer that he fatally shot his dad’s fiance, whom he referred to as his stepmother, according to The Oklahoman.
Orr, who had reportedly been in counseling for anger issues, said he “sexually molested, and he was tired of the abuse.”
He went on to say that while Hendrix was in the bathroom, he grabbed a handgun from the bedroom she shared with his father.
When Hendrix exited the bathroom and began walking down the hall toward him, Orr said he shot her.
He told authorities that he thought she was going to “touch him inappropriately.”
Then he said, “But that’s not a very good reason, is it?”
After Orr shot Hendrix, he said he “heard her wheezing, but he did not call 911” for help, according to an affidavit.
Officers went to Orr’s home in the 400 block of North Thompson Street and found Hendrix dead in the hallway.
Her body was transported to the state’s medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Amy Elliott, a state medical examiner’s spokeswoman, said Hendrix died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
OSBI special agent Chris Leamon stated that it was a “tragic event anytime you have a death like this.”
He also asserted that at the time of the shooting, Orr and Hendrix were the only two people in the home.
Following an hours-long investigation, police officers arrested Orr later that afternoon. He was charged as an adult.
Under the law, as cited by Tulsa World, “a teen is charged as an adult if they are charged with first-degree murder.”
Orr was booked into the Craig County Jail, where he was kept separated from adult inmates.
His bond was set at $250,000.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Tony Evans stated that although Orr claimed he was being molested by his father’s fiance, evidence suggested that he wasn’t.
Evans said it was proven “through the police investigation and Orr’s own statements.”
According to Grand Lake News, relatives referred to Hendrix’s killing as senseless.
In a victim impact statement, Orr’s father said: “She was my best friend and right hand. In a second, that’s all gone.”
“I can only hope that when you’re lying there at night that you come to realize what you have done. Taken so much from so many. Even your own dad.”
In an impact statement, her daughter wrote, “It [Hendrix’s death] tore our family apart. She was the heart and soul of our family.”
On May 11, 2018, Orr pleaded guilty at the Craig County District Court in Vinita to the first-degree murder of Hendrix, CBS Fox 59 reported.
Orr was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was ordered to pay $5,041.78 in restitution.
Upon his release from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, he will be placed on supervised probation.
After his sentencing, Orr apologized to the victim’s family “for everything.”