Two teens are being charged as adults in connection to the murder of one of the boy's father. The charges for the teens are part of an overall conspiracy to kill 39-year-old Steven Gibson, according to police.
Peoria Police investigators told CBS Station KPHO a 16-year-old boy accused of beating and stabbing a man to death did not act alone. They believe Gibson's wife and son plotted to kill him.
According to the police report, the day before the murder, McBee met with Steven Gibson Jr., and a 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl to talk with Michelle Gibson about killing her husband. Michelle Gibson alleged that they needed to kill him before he killed her or her son.
Michelle Gibson gave the 16-year-old boy a five-shot revolver handgun and told him to use it to kill her husband, according to police. The plan involved subduing her husband with chloroform and then loading him in his own truck, driving him to a nearby park and shooting him in the head near a bridge. Police said the plan also entailed scattering pills on the body to make it look like a drug deal gone bad. Michelle Gibson and her son told the accomplices that the body needed to be found so a money inheritance could be paid out.
The mother-son duo offered the 16-year-old boy and McBee $2,000 to split once he was dead. The 16-year-old's mom, unaware of the plot, called and told him she was going to pick him up. He did not return to the home, according to police.
Michelle Gibson and her daughter left the home about 10:30 p.m. and while they were gone, McBee hit Steven Gibson in the head three times with a baseball bat while he was asleep in bed. Police said McBee beat Steven Gibson again with the bat while he was down on the bathroom floor. Police said after talking with McBee by phone, they believe Steven Gibson, Jr., was dropped off at the home by his mother and helped kill his father by stabbing him three times with a knife and slitting his throat.
Police believe McBee, Steven Gibson Jr. and the 14-year-old girl moved the body onto a metal box dolly. They heard sirens while attempting to put the body in the truck and McBee and the girl took off on foot.
Sources: KPHO, Gannett News