HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - A 17-year-old who told police that he and
his brother strangled a high school choir teacher said the teacher
made him uncomfortable with sexual advances the night the teens
killed him, according to an arrest report.
The juvenile and his 18-year-old brother were being held Tuesday in the Dec. 21 slaying of Matthew Cox, 32, who taught at Basic High School in Henderson.
The youth told police that he and his brother were at Cox's home in Henderson, with his brother downstairs playing video games while he was upstairs with Cox.
The 17-year-old told investigators that while upstairs Cox "started to get sexual with him," making him uncomfortable.
The youth said in the report that he and his brother strangled Cox in his Volkswagen Beetle after Cox drove the boys home.
The boys then bound Cox, put his body in the back of the car and drove back to his home, where they stole electronics, including a Wii video game system, an iPod and a laptop, the report said.
The boy told police that he kissed the teacher on the cheek before leaving his body. He said he did not mean to hurt Cox, only to rob him.
The 17-year-old and his brother were arrested Dec. 23 on suspicion of murder and robbery. They were being held in separate facilities in Henderson and were expected to be transferred to Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas after an initial hearing, Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul said. Officials did not know if the two had retained a lawyer.
A telephone message left with the Clark County district attorney's office was not immediately returned Tuesday.
The Associated Press previously named the boy and his brother but later removed their names because the arrest report raises the possibility the youth had been sexually abused and the AP does not
typically identify such victims.
Cox was found dead on a couch with a blanket over his head in his home Dec. 22 by a friend who had gone to check on his pets. The report said Cox was supposed to be in Michigan, visiting family during his school's winter break.
School officials were not immediately available for comment because of the break.
The police report indicates Cox had a close relationship with a student at the time of his death, although the nature of the relationship is unclear.
A friend of Cox, 27-year-old Jamie Quashnock, told police that Cox has "been in a relationship with one of his students" who had admitted to Cox that he was gay. The student's name was redacted from the report.
Quashnock told investigators that Cox said he would have pursued
a relationship with the student if he were not his teacher.
Caralee Beynor, a co-worker of the 17-year-old at a doughnut restaurant, told police that the boy confessed to her that he killed his teacher the day after the slaying, the report said.
David Sonnichsen, who ate dinner with Cox the night of the killing, said Cox was text messaging with someone throughout the meal and told him he was supposed to meet the person at 8 p.m. and possibly go to the movies, the report said.
Police said Cox's car was located after an anonymous tipster said he saw the stolen Volkswagen in a casino parking lot in Henderson.
The youth told police said it was left there by his mother and her boyfriend.
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