The man fired upon the youths at close range with a shotgun the night of October 6th last year and was arrested that same night after having alerted police that he had shot two people.
The two victims were part of a group of several youths who had come to the house during the night. According to police records, the suspect and his family had previously been harassed by the same gang of youths. The suspect explained while in custody that the youths had called his family’s home earlier in the evening threatening to kill his son.
In the court summons, head prosecutor Tommy Clevenhult wrote that the suspect acted with intent to take the lives of the two victims.
The surviving victim, now 17 years old, had knocked on the suspect’s door with a wooden stick when shots rang out, hitting the 15-year old victim who died on the scene. According to the account of one witness, the 17-year old was shot as the youths gathered around the fallen 15-year old. Another witness explained that the 17-year old approached the victim carrying a wooden stick. The suspect warned the 17-year old to stop, when, according to the account, the youth stopped just as the suspect shot him.
Blood tests following the shooting showed that the suspect had a blood alcohol level of 1.3. The suspect also had licenses for three guns and had completed a hunting licensing course.
The trial is set to start in Blekinge district court next week.