RAGLAND, AL - Last year I reported on John Salers, the 15-year-old charged with murder after he hanged 9-year-old Katelynn Arnold from a tree. On Wednesday, Salers was charged as an adult.
When Katelynn Arnold did not return home from a neighborhood bike ride, her aunt drove around looking for her for 45 minutes. She found the little girl when she returned home, hanging by her neck from a tree in the backyard.
Rescuers removed the girl from the tree but she was pronounced dead at the hospital. The next day, police would arrest Katelynn’s half-brother, John Salers, and charge him with murder.
Salers admitted to police that he hanged Katelynn, using the rope from a tire swing, with the intent of killing her. According to the sheriff, he has provided them with a possible motive behind wanting to kill Katelynn, but that information has yet to be revealed to the public.
Salers was initially charged as a minor, but District Attorney Richard Minor’s office sought to have him charged as an adult. On Wednesday, that request was granted and the case is now in the hands of a grand jury.
Katelynn and John had been living with their aunt and uncle for years, according to neighbors, in some form of foster situation.
Now that he’s been charged as an adult, I guess we will find out what his supposed motive was soon enough.Tags: Crime, Hanging, John Salers, Katelynn Arnold, Murder, teen