Casey James Lawhorn, 23, made a verbal confession during a phone call to police and in a post on his public Facebook account early Sunday morning, hours after he allegedly killed his mother and a close friend before fleeing the scene in at his East Ridge, Tenn. home, ABC News reports.
Lawhorn is still on the run and wanted in Jasper County, Mississippi, according to the local Sheriff’s Department.
In the 1,000-word account posted to Facebook, Lawhorn describes using a “stolen .22 LR rifle caliber” to murder his mother, Vi Lawhorn, and a friend, Avery Gaines of Ringgold, Georgia. Lawhorn also described struggling with college and contemplating suicide in the post.
“Surely any normal person would wish death on themselves after doing what I did, seeing what I saw, and hearing what I heard,” he reportedly wrote.
Law enforcement believe the post to be authentic, based on its description of “specific” details of the crime, East Ridge assistant police chief Stan Allen told ABC News.
Allen confirmed that a man believed to be Lawhorn called in a tip directing police to the incident before telling dispatchers that he was “going to a location…to find a secluded spot to kill himself,” Allen said.