Charge: Man killed Buckley parents because he 'hates them that much'

Jared Standley was charged Monday with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the death of his parents. A judge ordered him held without bail. (Photo: KOMO News)

BUCKLEY, Wash. -- A man who police say killed both his parents in their Buckley home Wednesday told detectives he so because he hated them and had been kicked out of the home a week earlier, according to prosecutors.

The suspect, 21-year-old Jared Standley, was charged Monday with two counts of aggravated first degree murder. A judge ordered him to be held without bail.

Pierce County deputies responded to the house in the 23000 block of 162nd St. E. around 7 p.m. after the suspect's brother called 911 insisting on a welfare check for his parents. The brother said he had just received a call from his father that Jared, who had anger management issues and might have had access to a gun, had come home unexpectedly and if he didn't hear from him in 15 minutes, to call 911.

After the time passed, the brother called 911, then called Standley, who answered but said their dad was out working on a truck and he was going to get cigarettes before abruptly hanging up, according to court documents.

Deputies arrived and found a bullet hole in the window on the front door of the home. They went inside to find the bodies of two victims who were later identified as Standley's parents, 55-year-old Steven Standley and 56-year-old Theresa Standley. Jared Standley had already left the scene, police said.

Investigators identified a vehicle that Jared Standley had reportedly rented, and a Tumwater police officer found him at about 1:15 a.m. in that car outside a Tumwater motel. When a sergeant with the Thurston County sheriff's office tried to approach the vehicle and asked Standley to get out of the car, he sped toward the sergeant, who opened fire and struck Standley in the shoulder, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Standley tried to drive away, but another sheriff's deputy intentionally hit him to force him to stop, deputies said. Jared Standley was treated for the injury and was to be released into police custody after release from the hospital, police said.

Court documents state that in an interview with detectives, Standley admitted when he went to the home, he first killed his mother by beating her to death with a bat, then attempted to clean up the scene before his father returned home. His mother's body was later found wrapped in a tarp bound by duct tape and Standley told detectives he was planning on burying her, prosecutors said.

Standley said when his father returned home, he tried to lure him inside so "he could shoot him quietly or stab him with a knife," according to the statement of probable cause. When his father ran into the home, Jared followed him until his dad tried to hold the front door shut between them, at which point Jared fatally shot him in the head through a glass panel in the door, prosecutors said.

Jared Standley told detectives, "I don't feel like a gunshot to the head is really that upsetting... But I, I was fairly apologetic about having to bludgeon (his mother) Terry twice."

The Standley family has released a statement that reads in part:

"Our hearts are broken by the tragic loss of two amazing people who meant so much to everyone they touched. They were parents who loved unconditionally, and worked hard to give their children the best lives they could. They were a strong and happy family that was sadly impacted by mental health and drug use."

After the murders, Jared Standley cut his hair to change his appearance and took his mother's credit cards and money, prosecutors said.

When asked why he did it, Standley told detective it was because he "hates his parents so much."

If convicted on aggravated first degree murder, he would be sentenced to life in prison without parole and prosecutors would have the option to seek the death penalty.

Standley is set to make his next court appearance on Monday.

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