Court docs: Man admits to shooting father 13 times over stolen dirtbike

GARRETT, Ind. (WANE) The Garrett man who police believe shot his father to death Tuesday inside their home said he shot 13 times because his father accused him of stealing his dirtbike.

Mug shot photo of Branston Secrest provided by the Indiana State Police
Mug shot photo of Branston Secrest provided by the Indiana State Police

Branston Stone Secrest, 20, was formally charged in DeKalb Superior Court on Thursday with the murder of his father, 45-year-old Keith Allen Secrest. The elder Secrest was found around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, shot to death in a bed inside his East Third Avenue home in Garrett. The DeKalb County Coroner’s Office ruled his death a homicide.

According to a probable cause affidavit released Thursday, Branston’s mother told police she had been sleeping with her husband, Keith, in their bedroom and left the home around 1:40 p.m. She returned twenty minutes later at 2 p.m. and told police she smelled gunpowder. Branston told her not to go into the bedroom and to call 911.

Branston then left the home in his father’s car, and his mother went to the bedroom where she found her husband lying in the bed with a large amount of blood and called 911, court docs said.

READ | Branston Secrest charging information

Around 5:30 p.m., police in Fort Wayne pulled over Branston, at Goshen and Harris roads. Branston led them on a nine-minute long vehicle and foot chase before officers were able to arrest him.

Police in Garrett investigate a reported shooting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
Police in Garrett investigate a reported shooting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

Branston was taken to the Fort Wayne Police Department, where he claimed that after his father accused him of stealing the dirtbike, his father tried to attack and choke him. Police found no evidence of choking or injury on Branston’s neck. Branston then told police he shot his father 13 times, court docs said.

During a search of the vehicle, Indiana State Police Crime Scene Unit recovered a Ruger 9MM semi-automatic handgun along with shell casings and a note that read “Don’t go in there Mom, call 9-1-1,” court docs said.

Branston Secrest is being held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond.