Suspect in 9-year-old’s murder ‘wanted to see what it was like to take a life’

CONTRA COSTA CO. (KRON) — The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office in Colorado has filed charges in the case involving the stabbing death of a 9-year-old boy in Discovery Bay Sunday morning, officials announced Tuesday.

18-year-old William Schultz said he killed the sleeping boy because he wanted to know what it felt like to murder someone, according to a Contra Costa Times report. The Times interviewed Schultz in jail.

“I wanted to see what it was like to take a life before someone tried to take mine,” Shultz said.

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18-year-old William Schultz

Schultz is facing two charges including murder with the use of a knife and special circumstance allegation for “lying in wait.”

The boy, Jordon Almgren, was stabbed as he slept in his bed at his home in the 1900 block of Frost Way, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said. Deputies were called to the home but learned a family member had already taken the boy to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Schultz was briefly hospitalized Saturday when members of his family requested that deputies evaluate his mental health after he made comments about the world “coming to an end.” Schultz spent a couple of hours with a doctor before he was discharged and sent home in a cab.

Schultz instead decided to stay the night at his best friend’s house.

He told the Times that he initially thought about killing his friend but he was too big. That’s when he “singled out his little brother and went into his room while he was asleep,” he told the Times.

“At the time, there was no feeling,” he told the paper. “I was asking myself why am I standing over him? What am I about to do?”

Schultz then covered the boy’s face with his hand and stabbed him.

“I wish that I hadn’t. I think about what if that was my little brother,” Shultz said sobbing, as he referred to his 8-year-old brother. “In that sense, I do feel bad. I do have remorse for what I did … But there’s a reason for everything that happens.”

He was arrested at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Antioch after seeking treatment for wounds suffered during the attack and is being held on $1 million bail in the County Jail in Martinez.

Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call the sheriff’s office at (925) 646-2441.

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