Teen admits to killing stepfather
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Newly released court documents reveal more information about a teenager accused of shooting and killing his stepfather last month.
A police report shows 17-year-old Cody Patrick Ryan admitted to shooting 37-year-old Derick Lee Mitchell in the chest after he was disciplined for receiving bad grades in school.
The shooting happened on Cinnbar Court in the northwest on June 25.
Lee died from his injuries.
Ryan's mother told authorities her and Lee had just had a discipline talk with their teenager when he asked to use the bathroom.
Moments later, as she stood in the kitchen, Ryan's mother said she heard a gunshot and went to find her husband.
Police say Ryan admitted to grabbing the gun out of his stepfather's dresser and shooting him, apologizing for the act as police arrived to the house.
Ryan pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder on June 30 and is being held without bail in juvenile hall.