Man convicted of killing 3 cites addiction to video games

Save Story

Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A man spending his life in prison for killing a family of three told investigators that his addiction to first-person shooter video games made the crimes easier.

The plea agreement for 22-year-old Adam Dees required him to answer detectives' questions about the March deaths of 80-year-old Theodore M. Welp, 77-year-old Delores E. Welp and their son, 52-year-old Thomas P. Welp.

Dees spoke to detectives on Monday, saying he was depressed and suicidal when he made the choice to "just go rob a house... that'll give me money to play with for a while."

He said he used Google Maps to find a high-end home to rob and drove to stake out the isolated Welp property. He returned after dark armed with guns and knives.

Dees says he first stole power tools from a building on the property that was under construction and then entered the family's garage.

He told detectives he would have turned back before committing the crimes if the family had owned a bigger dog or activated the alarm system on the house.

Dees said killing so much in video games made shooting the three family members less difficult.

The three victims were tied up, beaten with a baseball bat and shot. Theodore was stabbed in the neck down to his spine.

Dees is spending three consecutive life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Welps formerly lived in Arizona, where Theodore Welp was the chief of Tucson Electric Power Co. in the 1980s.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast