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Teen allegedly played video games after stabbing grandmother

15-year-old Ethan Welch - Source: Columbus Police Dept. 15-year-old Ethan Welch - Source: Columbus Police Dept.

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -Stunned, Ethan Welch's relatives walked out of Columbus Recorder's Court Tuesday.

"We're in hell-a living hell," said his paternal grandfather, Benny Welch.

Moments earlier, investigators revealed the teen confessed to striking and repeatedly stabbing his grandmother, 59-year-old Brenda Cook, in a shed behind their home on Avalon Road.

News Leader 9 has learned the 15-year-old lived with his maternal grandparents because his mother works odd hours and that he and his 16-year-old brother, Dylan Cook, were home schooled by them.

Police say Brenda Cook was found beaten and stabbed in the throat multiple times Sunday night. Authorities say she bled to death and that Welch even went back to playing video games after the crime.

But it was Welch who implicated himself in the case, detectives say.

When he was asked for a DNA sample of his saliva after the murder, he said his teeth impressions might be on the victim's hand from when he accidentally bumped into her earlier.

According to investigators, he agreed to speak to them without an attorney. They noticed he had blood stains on his clothes that were consistent with the victim being in a standing position and they noticed scratches and bite marks on him.

So they questioned him further and the teen eventually caved, admitting he got "out of control' with a steak knife and grill skewer, stabbing Cook.

Detectives revealed he broke off the knife's blade and threw it and the poker in a neighbor's yard. He later directed police to the murder weapons and they were recovered.

But the big question is why? Those who interrogated him say Welch never gave them a reason for his reported actions.

His other set of grandparents say that's a side Ethan they've never seen.

"I've never, in the 15 years he's been on earth seen him lose his temper-never. I don't know if he's trying to cover for someone or just snapped but he's always been a kind, loving, helpful child," his grandmother, Gayle Stewart said.

"I don't know what to say because he was one of the greatest kids I've ever known. I've never in 15 years, I've never seen him raise his voice to nothing, not even a dog. It's just so out of character for him. I just don't understand it. Only God knows what happened but I swear I just don't understand. I can't believe he did it,"  Benny Welch added.

Welch plead not guilty to murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in his preliminary hearing Tuesday.

His case has been bound over to Muscogee County Superior Court.

He is being held without bond in the Judge Aaron Cohn Regional Youth Detention Center off Chattsworth Road in Midland.

The District Attorney says he will be tried as an adult.  


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