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Ogden teen, 17, charged as adult with killing best friend

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OGDEN — A 17-year-old Ogden boy was charged as an adult Friday with shooting and killing his best friend, a 16-year-old boy.

Brandon Parker was charged Friday in 2nd District Court with murder, a first-degree felony, and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.

About 5:20 a.m. on March 14, Ogden police were called to 325 Ninth Street on a report of a 16-year-old boy shot inside a home. The victim was found deceased with a gunshot wound to his forehead, according to charging documents.

Parker, who was at the scene, told police, “I don’t have the gun. I killed my best friend,” the charges state.

As Parker was being escorted to a patrol car, he again uttered that he had killed his best friend and that he had “shot him point blank,” according to the charges.

Parker’s parents were asleep upstairs at the time of the shooting.

“Brandon’s mom stated her son Brandon came into her room and yelled that he had shot his friend. Brandon threw the gun on the ground and quickly tried to pick it up again to shoot himself when she wrestled the gun away and kept the gun until police arrived,” the charges say.

Parker claimed he had used cocaine earlier in the day and that he and his friend were using Dab, a THC product, when the shooting occurred.