BIRTH: May 29, 1999
DEATH: November 28, 2009
Conner, 10, was knocked unconscious with a headlock, then his limp body dragged to the kitchen, choked for nearly 20 minutes, until blood ran from his nose, to make sure he was dead.
The killer – Andrew Conley, Conner’s older brother.
Andrew, 17, then wrapped his little brother’s head in a plastic bag and sealed it with electrical tape. He claimed he did so to prevent any blood seepage. He then tossed Conner’s body into the trunk of his car and drove to his girlfriend’s home.
While there, the young couple watched the movie “The Green Mile,” based on a story by Stephen King about a man on death row accused of murdering a child. Conley’s girlfriend stated that he gave her a “sweetheart ring” and that “he was happy. More happy than he’d been in a while.”
Afterward, Andrew drove his brother’s body to a nearby park where he dumped the body in field. He then covered his little brother’s dead body with vegetation and drove home.
When Andrew’s parents returned home they asked the whereabouts of Conner. Andrew told them he had taken his brother to their grandmother’s home and that he was spending the night there. The parents thought nothing of it as it was not unusual for their boys to stay over at their grandmother’s.
Later the next day, his parents told him to pick up his brother from his grandmother’s home. That’s when he told them what he had done. He also told two friends about the murder.
Andrew claimed he felt compelled to strangle his little brother. “Like I had to… like when people have something like they are hungry and there is a hamburger sitting there and they knew they had to have it and I was sitting there and it just happened.”
He was charged as an adult and plead guilty to first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.