These two young, evil clowns thought it wise to kill an elderly lady for the grand old prize of about $155.00 (approximately N30,000.00). I know that even in Nigeria, there are any number of youths you could enlist to carry out such an act. But they are usually children from very poor and deprived circumstances, frequently street kids with no sense of right or wrong cos they never had the privilege of being taught any different.
So with these two, I can’t help wondering what the story is.
Antonio Barbeau, 14, has been convicted of first-degree intentional homicide after killing Barbara Olson, 78, with a hatchet and hammer. His alleged accomplice Nathan Paape, 14, is being tried.
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These scum have no respect for their elders.
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The hatchet allegedly used during the brutal murder.
Antonio Barbeau, 14, has already been convicted of first-degree intentional homicide after killing his 78-year-old great-grandmother Barbara Olson in September. He testified Wednesday in the trial for Nathan Paape, 14, his alleged accomplice in the Sheboygan robbery gone wrong.
A medical examiner testified during the trial that Olson had been struck with the weapons at least 27 times, the Sheboygan Press reported. The examiner called that “a conservative number,” the newspaper reported.
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Antonio Barbeau raises his hand to take the oath before testifying during Nathan Paape’s trial on Wednesday. The 14-year-old has already been convicted of murder. Now, his alleged accomplice is in the spotlight.
Paape confessed to the crime during an initial police interview, but his defense team has painted him as a bystander peer pressured by his friend in the sickening crime. Both boys were 13 during the September murder.
Paape testified on his own behalf. He told the court his friend hit Olson six times with the weapon, all the while keeping a “blank, no emotions or nothing,” look on his face. He remembered how Barbeau took off a sweatshirt at one point so it wouldn’t get in the way of “him swinging.”
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Nathan Paape (l) and Antonio Barbeau (r), after being arrested in September.
“We went into the living room where she was, and Antonio picked up the hatchet and struck her with the blade side of the hatchet,” Paape recounted. “And he called me over because [THE HATCHET]got stuck, and we both had to pull it out.
“After we pulled it out, he hit her one more time with the backside of the hatchet, and we started to go through the house,” Paape added.
Barbara Olson, 78, was murdered by her great-grandson Antonio Barbeau. His friend, Nathan Paape, now also stands trial for her killing.
Paape painted himself as being influenced by his violent friend, who began the vicious killing.
“I didn’t want to, but I didn’t want him hitting me, so I hit her twice, and I walked away,” Paape said.
Under oath, Barbeau admitted both boys were willing to carry out “an attack, I guess, to kill,” in order to rob the elderly woman. Barbeau told the court that attack included him hitting his great-grandmother up to four times with the blunt and blade edge of the hatchet, while Paape struck the woman four times, including at least twice while Barbeau left the room to be sick.
“She was still yelling when I went to the bathroom, but had stopped when I returned,” Barbeau said.
The disturbing accounts came on the last day of testimony in the trial. The case will go Thursday to the jury, who will decide Paape’s fate.