Girl, 17, and her boyfriend, 16, are charged with murder for ‘killing her mom and stealing her car before being stopped by cops for speeding at 111mph’
- Hannah Thomas, 17, and Richard Avila, 16, have been charged in murder case
- New York police said teens shot dead Otillia Piros, Thomas’ mother, in her home
- Piros, 36, was shot in the head twice sometime between December 28 and 29
- Police said teens are residents of Arizona and were visiting Piros for holidays
- Authorities said after allegedly shooting Piros, the teens stole her vehicle
- Police stopped the pair after they were reportedly driving 111mph in Missouri
- They have been charged with second-degree murder and will are still in custody in Missouri waiting transfer to New York
Hannah Thomas, 17, and her boyfriend Richard Avila, 16, have been charged with murder for allegedly killing her mother, 36-year-old Otillia Piros (pictured) in New York
A 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend have been charged with murder for allegedly killing her mother and stealing her car in New York before being stopped by Missouri police for traveling 111mph.
Chief Drew Forsythe of the Greece Police Department on Tuesday announced murder charges against Hannah Thomas and Richard Avila, 16, in the killing of Otillia Piros, 36, at her home in Greece, New York, during a press conference.
Forsythe called the killing ‘egregious and sickening,’ and said that the teenagers had shot Piros twice in the head sometime between December 28 and 29.
‘What makes this case even more egregious and sickening is the fact that Otillia was executed in her own home at the hands of her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend,’ Forsythe said.
The teenagers are residents of Arizona and were visiting Piros over the holidays, police said.
They were stopped for speeding on December 29 driving west through Saint Robert, Missouri, and police there decided to call the department in Greece to confirm that Piros had given them permission to use her car.
According to WHAM, an officer pulled the vehicle over for traveling 111mph. Authorities said Avila was driving and Thomas was in the passenger seat.
Court documents allege that Thomas claimed the vehicle belonged to her grandmother.
Thomas later admitted that the vehicle was her mom’s and that her mother had given the car to her.
Authorities also said that the traffic stop led them to conducting a welfare call at Piros’ West Parkway home, which led to officers discovering her body.
Police said they found a handgun in the car and a ballistics analysis indicates it was the gun used in the killing.
Forsythe did not speculate on a motive for the killing.
They have both been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The two teenagers remain in custody in Missouri waiting transfer to New York.
It was not immediately clear if the pair had attorneys to represent them.