kid he killed
Terry Joe ‘TJ’ Volner took a series of photos after allegedly killing the boy, including one showing the dead boy's chin propped up by a stick.
Prosecutors said the 22-year-old man took the gruesome ‘trophy’ photos to prove to his mother Tina Miller, that he had killed the Dusty Guenther, the only son of Gina Guenther who Volner knew very well.
At the time of the incident, Ms Guenther was at work while her two eldest daughters were at school.
According to court documents, Volner used his cell phone to send pictures to his mother , though why he would want to prove that grizzly fact to her is beyond understanding.
He boasted that he had killed all four of the children as well as Ms Guenther’s new boyfriend, though the three daughters were untouched and no other bodies were found.
One of the pictures of the dead boy showed part of a man's arm with a tattoo, which helped investigators as they said Volner has the same tattoo on his arm.
The victim was found last week in an ice covered lagoon near his home in Wright County, Missouri.
Volner, who was released from prison in March from a three year sentence for theft, had been staying with Ms Guenther on and off since his release.
In addition to a murder charge, Volner faces charges of armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.
He is being held in jail on a $1million bond.
Neighbours were left stunned by the boy's death.
‘It was very dreadful,’ neighbour Milt Granier said. ‘In fact everybody cried about it in the community.
‘I was just flabbergasted, stunned because something like this was happening in our community.’