UPDATE: Teen accused of fatally shooting father

A 13-year-old Gypsum teen has been arrested after allegedly shooting his father and then not telling authorities about the death until being contacted by a sheriff’s deputy nearly a week later.

Joseph Kelly Jr., 50, who failed to make an appointment to meet last week with Eagle County sheriff’s deputies regarding a graffiti investigation involving the son, died from two gunshot wounds to the head.

Kai Kelly faces charges including first-degree murder in the case.

The sheriff’s office said the father was found dead in his home at 483 Vicksburg Lane after a deputy went there late Monday morning.

Kelly was a five-year employee of Eagle County Government’s ECO Transit Department. His employer had contacted the sheriff’s office earlier Monday, saying the son had called in several days in a row to say his father was ill and wouldn’t be at work. The sheriff’s office said the father also was to have met with deputies last Wednesday to discuss the graffiti investigation but never showed up.

Authorities said Kai answered the door Monday and said his dad was dead and his body was in the home.

The 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed a petition Tuesday listing charges against the son including first-degree murder and criminal mischief, with a crime of violence sentence enhancer.

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis ruled the death a homicide, and said the death took place about six days ago and that Joseph Kelly was shot in the back of the head and the temple with a .22-caliber rifle.

Authorities said the motive in the shooting is still under investigation.

The son initially was booked into the Eagle County Detentions Facility but was to be transported to Mount View Youth Services Center detention facility in Lakewood.


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