CHILLING cop pictures reveal the cosy household dwelling the place gun maniac Derek Connell murdered his mum and stepdad — and the weapons haul seized after the slayings.
Pictures from contained in the well-kept pad raise the lid on the evil unleashed by Scots monster Derek Connell, 33, when he blasted defenceless Kim and Christopher Higginbotham to dying.
And so they reveal how the US Military veteran desperately tried to cowl his tracks by bleaching the ground of their entrance room in a bid to erase the bloodstains in Bakersfield, California.
Separate snaps present a cache of lethal weapons, together with two shotguns, 5 handguns and 7 rifles, seized from Connell’s dwelling in a police raid.
Because the maniac, initially of Shawlands, Glasgow, faces life in jail over the killings, we will expose the sickening excuses he gave detectives in a failed bid to keep away from justice.
The scheming loner — who claimed his dad and mom had been his solely associates —lied he’d returned to their dwelling in April 2016 to seek out Kim and Christopher, each 48, useless inside.
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However later, in Kern County Superior Courtroom in Bakersfield, he tried to border his stepdad for capturing his main instructor mum — and mentioned he then grabbed a gun and turned it on Christopher.
In one in all many lies, Connell instructed cops: “I can simply bear in mind coming again to the home and strolling in and seeing everyone on the ground. My dad was mendacity in a pool of blood. I shook my dad to see he was nonetheless alive.
“Then I noticed my mum useless on the ground.
“I didn’t know what to do. I simply laid subsequent to my mum. Her lips had been already blue.
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She was chilly to the touch.”
Connell claimed in police interviews that he determined to wash the blood-soaked property relatively than alert authorities.
He mentioned: “I wasn’t positive whether or not to name the police or attempt handle it myself. I acquired a bleach and a mop but it surely didn’t do something. I spent 40 minutes attempting to clear up. It was a multitude.
“I put down stuff you set within the dishwasher, Clorox, something I may consider.”
However in an entire turnaround, he then instructed how he “freaked” over the dying scene and guzzled 4 bottles of Budweiser.
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The fiend added: “After I acquired again to the home and noticed my dad and mom, one of many first issues I did was go and see his minibar.
“I freaked out. I in all probability slammed 4 beers within the storage. I did the clear up after I slammed the beer.”
Cowardly Connell even tried to pin Kim and Christopher’s murders on a mortgage shark referred to as Nacho, alleging his stepdad had playing money owed.
And he spoke lovingly of his relationship with the couple — who met whereas Christopher was primarily based in Scotland with the US Navy — regardless of later making false claims in court docket the older man had sexually abused him.
The household had moved Stateside over 20 years in the past and Connell instructed cops he considered Christopher as “dad”.
He mentioned they’d even gone capturing collectively on the day he died.
And he vowed to police: “We get alongside nice. My mum and I cook dinner each evening collectively.
“The one two folks in my telephone are my mum and my dad – that’s the one associates I’ve.”
I did drink rather a lot yesterday. That’s all I’m responsible of.
Among the many crime scene pictures and interview footage launched to The Scottish Solar had been distressing snaps of Kim and Christopher’s lifeless our bodies sprawled on their flooring. They’re too graphic to publish.
Different pictures present enormous white swirls everywhere in the carpet the place Connell had frantically bleached his dad and mom’ bloodstains.
And there are snaps of the monster after he was pulled over by cops whereas drunk behind the wheel of his 4×Four as he tried to flee the homicide scene.
He was nabbed with empty bleach bottles at the back of his motor, however claimed he was “recycling”, not protecting up a criminal offense.
Connell mentioned: “I used all of the cleansing merchandise so was going to take it to the recycling. I in all probability f***** up in a whole lot of methods. I wasn’t pondering proper in any respect. I didn’t need to get arrested and should undergo this bulls***.”
He overtly tried to distance himself even farther from the killings — by insisting that his solely “crime” was being drunk.
Connell – who served in Iraq and Afghanistan – mentioned: “I did drink rather a lot yesterday. That’s all I’m responsible of.
“That’s in all probability why I dealt with the state of affairs like I did once I acquired again to the home.”
However one officer concerned in conducting the interviews warned him that his testimony didn’t “make sense”.
Referencing his cop colleague, he instructed Connell: “He and I’ve been doing this job mixed for 30 years. We’ve been investigating issues like this for a really very long time.
“If it doesn’t make sense one thing isn’t proper. I feel there’s a whole lot of info you could have that we’re lacking. We have to get there to make sense of this.
“That is your probability to inform us what occurred. Generally folks make errors and do issues we remorse.”
However shameless Connell replied: “What I remorse just isn’t instantly calling police. I don’t know the place my thoughts was at. In that sense I’m in all probability simply as misplaced as you might be as why I didn’t name police.”
Connell later claimed the weapons taken from the household dwelling belonged to his stepfather.
He confirmed no emotion throughout two 30 minute grillings by cops — lower than 5 hours after his dad and mom’ our bodies had been discovered — and was charged hours later.
Sections of the Bakersfield Police Division footage had been performed throughout Connell’s trial and helped nail him for the murders.
His aunt Sonia Connell, of Prestwick, Ayrshire, additionally gave very important proof when she instructed the jury her nephew confirmed her the our bodies on a video name moments after he slaughtered them.
We instructed how Kim died from a single gunshot to the chest. Her husband had deadly blast wounds to the neck, chest and shoulder.
Following his trial earlier than Choose John Brownlee on the court docket, Connell was discovered responsible of the first-degree homicide of Christopher and the second-degree homicide — thought-about to not be pre-meditated — of his mum.
The fiend, who beforehand confronted the dying penalty, won’t ever be eligible for parole underneath strict Californian legal guidelines He’ll be sentenced on March 12.
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