The teenager identified by police as the suspected killer of his 14-year-old girlfriend bought a hatchet, rope, camouflage burlap sacks, and eight pairs of handcuffs at a local Walmart three days before the murder.
“We have no idea what he was planning on doing with them,” Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said on Monday, Houston Chronicle reported.
The case turned even more bizarre after police released a suicide note 19-year-old Paul Audrey Adams of Vidor, Texas, left behind. Adams was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound one day after his girlfriend Tristan Dilley, 14, was found dead in her home.
The suicide note reads as follows:
“I know what you’re thinking but I didn’t kill her. I loved Tristan with all my heart. I know we shouldn’t have snuck around but I also know she’s 14 and I am 19 but that did not matter to us. We cared about each other deeply. It was her birthday soon and we just wanted to see each other. When I got to her house everything was fine for a few hours but then we heard someone come in. We thought it was her parents, but it was some man. He looked to be in his mid 50’s, wore blue jeans and a Boston Red Sox ball cap. Thinking it was her parents, I hid in the bathroom, but I realized it wasn’t her parents when Tristan started screaming. I didn’t see what happened, but I believe she was (assaulted) because she kept screaming for him to get off her and I just stood by. I wanted to try and help her, but he was threatening her with a gun. I knew if I tried anything he would shoot me too but if I knew now what I knew after it all happened I would gave my life to try and save her.
Now this is all happened I feel it will just be better to end my life. I can’t live knowing I was too much of a coward to do anything about it. I don’t even know Tristan’s parents’ names, but I am so sorry this happened. I’d do anything to go back and stop him if I could. Mom, I love you with all my heart, you were the best mom anyone could ask for. I wish I could’ve finished college and got a job with good family but now things will never be the same. I feel they will hold me responsible and after watching so many shows of Lock-Up, I’d rather die than be locked up in a cage my whole life. I have so many questions as well. Why did this happen to us? But I guess the universe if full of surprises. Yes, I am scared to die but the alternative to staying alive seems hopeless. I just hope my death is quick.
I believe Tristan died instantly. I just remember hearing two shots and then silence. When I looked in her room, all I could see was a perfectly still body and a huge puddle of blood. I didn’t know what to do besides run but even running from something like this is useless. My only wish is to be cremated and I want all of my possessions to go to my parents. I know people will think that I killed her or I was responsible for letting it happen but I know what happened. I felt like a drop of water in all the oceans. I wanted to scream but no words could come out. It was as if the breath was knocked out of me.”
According to preliminary evidence, Adams used the same .22 caliber gun to kill himself as was used in the murder of Dilley.