CHUNCHULA, Ala. (WALA) - Deputies with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office said 19-year-old Kenny Richardson is suspected of brutally murdering his 67-year old stepfather, Rayford Rivers with an ax.
They said the crime happened Tuesday night inside Rivers' home on John Shinn Drive in Chunchula.
Upon arrival to the home, Lt. Paul Burch said when deputies found Rivers. he was unconscious and had severe head trauma. Rivers was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Burch said deputies spent all night looking for Richardson who turned himself in Wednesday morning.
"He walked up to an area resident, asked him to come to the fence, used the phone and he called the sheriff's office and remained on the line with the sheriff's office until we arrived," said Burch.
FOX10 News was there when Richardson arrived at the sheriff's office where he admitted on camera to killing his stepfather.
When asked why he did it, Richardson said the two had an argument, and there was a misunderstanding but would not release further information.
Neighbors said the two were always seen together and seemed to get along well.
They said Richardson didn't seem violent but he always kept to himself and was very quiet.
"We would sit at the table and we ate supper together. It was like everything was fine. We would watch movies together but Kenny was kind of a loner and he kept his head down," said a family friend of Rivers.
Neighbors say the community is shocked by the news and they're trying to piece together why this would happen to someone that was such a kind loving person.
The MCSO said Rivers died on the way to the hospital Tuesday night.
The investigation is ongoing.
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