Kaleb David Taylor pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his parents in their home near Helena.
Taylor, appearing via video from Montana State Prison, pleaded guilty to two counts of deliberate homicide. He had all other charges related to the killing of his parents dropped, including tampering with evidence, burglary and misdemeanor theft.
As part of plea bargain arrangements involving a guilty plea, Judge Mike Menahan asked Taylor to explain why he was guilty of his crimes.
"I made a mistake and took two people's lives," Taylor responded.
County attorney Leo Gallagher said that the state would not be seeking the death penalty in the case, but noted that life in prison without parole was on the table. No sentencing recommendations were made in the plea deal.
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According to court documents, Taylor confessed to killing David Muncie Taylor, 61, and Charla Rae Taylor, 64, in their home on Cayuse Road north of Helena in March. A family member found both victims dead in their home with blunt force and sharp object injuries.
Taylor, who was 21 at the time, was under the supervision of Helena Probation and Parole following a conviction for stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from a neighbor and his parents in 2015. He was supposed to be living with them at the time of the slayings.
Two other men are accused of involvement in the killings: Kyle Alexander Hamm, who was 21 at the time, and Journey Ryder John Wienke, who was 22. The three men were allegedly seen on a car wash security video washing off a long bar-shaped object and getting rid of a knife shortly after the homicides, according to charging documents. The two other men are also being charged with deliberate homicide.
Kaleb Tayor waived his Miranda rights in an interview with investigators at the Lewis and Clark County Law Enforcement Center after his arrest. He initially denied responsibility, but later admitted to killing his parents, court documents say.
Investigators found a jewelry box on the floor of the home with its contents scattered about. Taylor said he disturbed the jewelry box and stole a computer and other items to make it appear that someone else had killed his parents and robbed their home.
He disposed of his blood-stained clothes, the weapon and the stolen property in various places throughout Lewis and Clark County, court documents say.
Taylor took a detective to the locations where he had disposed of the evidence and investigators recovered some of it, including the weapon, according to court documents. He burned his blood-stained clothes after soaking them in lighter fluid.
Taylor's sentencing has not had a date set.