Columbus teen indicted in grandmother's stabbing death

Ethan Welch Source: Columbus Police Dept.
Ethan Welch Source: Columbus Police Dept.

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Columbus teenager is now officially charged with killing his grandmother with a meat skewer.

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Welch was indicted by a Muscogee County Grand Jury Tuesday for murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, concealing the death of another and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Columbus investigators say the teen has confessed to striking and repeatedly stabbing his grandmother, 59-year-old Brenda Cook, back in August of 2009.

According to police, Cook bled to death in a shed behind her Avalon Road home and testified that her grandson reportedly went back to playing video games after the crime.

When he was being questioned by detectives, they say Welch caved and admitted to them that he got out of control with a steak knife and grill skewer but never gave a reason for his actions.

His other grandfather, Benny Welch, had this to say about the teen after his preliminary hearing on September 1, 2009: "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."

Ethan Welch is being charged as an adult. Columbus Police say he is being held in a local youth detention center.

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