‘Russian roulette’ murder suspect posted video bragging about the shooting, police say

Kody Harlan, 17, left, and Jaiden Caruso, 16, who both have been charged as adults

(Henderson Police)

A teenager suspected of a deadly shooting of a friend during a game of “Russian roulette” posted a disturbing video after the incident where he allegedly said: “Bro, I’m trapped in a body”.

Matthew Minkler’s body was found late Friday in an abandoned house in Henderson, Nev., approximately 16 km from the Las Vegas. He had been shot in the face with a .375-caliber revolver.

While the two suspects claim that the 17-year-old died during a game of Russian roulette, his mother Jamie Shanklin disputes what happened and believes he was deliberately targeted.

“We know that this was not Russian roulette”, she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “My child was shot in the chin, as if she were close to him.

They also claimed that one of the two suspects, Jaiden Caruso, 16, had a “beef” with her son, adding that he “did as if they were friends”.

Her comments came as the police released the mugshots of the two suspects, Caruso, 16, and Kody Harlan, 17, while the disturbing new details about the crime were revealed.


Matthew Minkler, 16, died on Friday in an abandoned house in Henderson, Nev., after a shot in the head during what police initially said was a game of Russian Roulette


In spite of Shanklin’s version of the events, the police revealed that Harlan told them Caruso “never allowed the other participants to handle the gun or pull the trigger themselves.”

According to the report, the words “F*** Matt” were sprayed on the toilet door to the room where his body was found.

Researchers also found a number of “self-made videos” on the scene of the crime. In one of the videos, Caruso allegedly speaks into the camera saying: “Bro, I’m trapped in a body”.

In another video, someone can be heard in the background the question of what to do with the body. While Caruso says nothing, he “calmly walks over to the sink, wets his hands and starts to clean his shoes.”

He also replaced the shoes with some $300 taken from Minkler, the wallet, the report of the claims.

“He cared more about his shoes,” Shanklin said.

Henderson police officer Scott Williams said of the killing: “This will stick with you, because it’s so sinister”.

Caruso, 16, is facing a charge of murder with a deadly weapon, while Harlan, 17, is facing the charges of accessory to murder after the fact and destroying evidence, the police confirmed. The pair will be charged as adults and are held at the Clark County Detention Center.

Minkler’s body was apparently dragged down cabinet after he was shot to death in the kitchen, according to the probable cause arrest report for Caruso and Harlan.

It is unclear how the three boys knew each other.

The police said a murder investigation began earlier on Friday after officers tried to pull over a stolen Mercedes that was recklessly riding in the near East Sunset Road and Green Valley Parkway.

The vehicle drove through a red light and crashed at the intersection, at which point a number of the teenagers attempted to flee.

When they were taken into custody, at least one of them turned out to be the information about the murder. Minkler’s body was later found in the abandoned house on a Cool Lilac Avenue.

A GoFundMe set up by his cousin Leah Robbins-the Golden has raised more than $7,500

She wrote on the website: “We are beyond devastated and the pain is more than conceivable. We will never get to see that beautiful smile or that loving Matt hugs that just brighten up our days.”

In a post on Facebook, she added: “RIP to my lil big cuz. I will never ever be the same without you. I love you more than anything Matthew.”

Chris Irvine is Senior News Editor at Fox News. His Twitter @chrisirvine86

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