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Minutes before allegedly hacking his grandfather to death, a North Carolina teen allegedly signed on to the messaging app Kik, where he revealed his plans

By Chris Harris
December 05, 2016 06:06 PM
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Minutes before allegedly hacking his own grandfather to death, a North Carolina teenager allegedly signed on to an anonymous messaging app where he revealed his murderous plans, PEOPLE confirms.

Fifteen-year-old Raistlin Arthur Martin allegedly uploaded images of the black gloves he purchased to wear for the slaying as well as the hatchet that was used to end Joseph Emmett Naulty’s life on Aug. 8, according to an affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

Investigators are still working with the Canadian tech firm behind Kik, a smart phone application, to identify the individual Martin allegedly anonymously communicated with in the hours before the killing, according to the affidavit.

Martin allegedly used Kik to detail his nefarious plans and even told one user he would likely face a lighter prison sentence for the premeditated killing, given his age, according to the affidavit.

When a fellow Kik user asked Martin why he wanted his grandfather dead, the affidavit alleges he replied, “He’s just kinda inconvenient.”

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The 63-year-old Naulty had moved into his son’s home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, after his wife died in Alabama in February, authorities say.

The Kik app provides users with greater anonymity than other, more popular social media services, as it does not require one’s real name or phone number to be used. According to the Canadian company’s website, Kik Interactive has more than 300 million users, including about 40 percent of all American teenagers.

Martin — under the username EtherealSkull — allegedly sent the images of the hatchet and the gloves to another user some 20 minutes before police received a 911 call from the home, according to the affidavit.

When officers arrived at the house, they were met by Martin, who was wearing black gloves and was covered in blood, the affidavit alleges. Inside, detectives located Naulty’s body. He had been killed in his bed, and a hatchet was recovered from his bedroom floor.

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Martin, who turned 16 last month, has been charged as a juvenile with first-degree murder. Prosecutors are still considering charging him as an adult.

His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Cumberland County Juvenile Court in North Carolina.

Court records do not indicate if Martin has entered a plea to the charges against him, and they also do not identify his defense attorney.