Court documents detail teens’ alleged plan to kill parents

PADUCAH, KY — Two local teens are accused of planning to kill their parents.

Kyle Parrish, 16, and Zoe Bryan, 15, had their pretrial hearing Friday in McCracken County Circuit Court. Both teens are being charged as adults.

Bryan is charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Parrish took a plea deal on Friday for a lesser sentence. He now faces up to 10 years in jail for conspiracy to commit first degree manslaughter.

The teens started dating a year ago, according to an affidavit for a search warrant.

Prosecutors say Parrish and Bryan text messaged each other about killing her parents and his mother and caretaker, because they weren’t allowed to see each other.

The investigation started back in April, when Bryan went to church with a friend. According to the court document, “When Bryan came home, she told her parents of a plan to kill them, which she developed with Parrish.”

Bryan then gave her parents “a glass jar containing crushed pills and a kitchen knife that was to be used.”

In the document, Bryan told detectives she crushed around 20-30 pills of Benadryl and a depression medication. Bryan said she gave the powder to Parrish. Then several months later, he gave the powder back to Bryan along with a kitchen knife.

The document goes on to say Bryan told detectives Parrish “told her to put the powder in her parents’ iced tea to kill them.”

According to Parrish’s statements in the document, “he does not remember a lot of things he said in the past,” but he did remember giving Bryan the knife.

Parrish’s mom says she’s never been afraid of her son and she never will be.

“It was role playing to him,” says Betty Parrish. “He didn’t really think that she was going to be serious about doing these things. That’s just kid talk to him. My kid, nobody can say my kid is violent. Nobody can say my kid is mean in any form or fashion.”

Bryan is also charged with second degree arson. In the court document, she admitted to starting the fire that destroyed her home back in January. Her parents told police they took her phone away. Bryan said she was enraged and used her father’s lighter to set the curtains on fire.

Bryan’s attorney asked for a psychiatric evaluation in court on Friday.

Bryan’s next pretrial hearing is Jan. 25, 2018.

Parrish will be sentenced on Jan. 4, 2018.

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