A teenage girl and her boyfriend have been charged with murdering her grandparents in their Gwinnett County, Georgia, home.
According to CBS News, Cassandra Bjorge, 17, and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Johnny Hiro Rider, are charged with killing Randall and Wendy Bjorge, both 63, earlier this month. Their bodies were found on April 8, after police discovered their scar at Rider’s home, where the teens allegedly attacked Rider’s sister and and her boyfriend.
Police reportedly believe the couple had been dead for possibly more than a week before they were discovered. During that time, police told 11 Alive, other teens are believed to have been in the home, though none are considered suspects in the actual murder.
According to a medical examiner’s report obtained by CBS News, the grandparents died from cuts to the throat, and both were also beaten with a blunt object.
Following the alleged attack on Rider’s sister and her boyfriend — in which the teens are accused of severely beating them with a baseball bat — police obtained an arrest warrant and when on a hunt for the young couple, who were found hiding out at an apartment complex. Both had self-inflicted wounds, the result of a possible suicide attempt.
The teens are facing charges of murder and aggravated assault.
According to 11 Alive, Cassandra had previously been charged with assaulting her grandmother, and police had been called to the home 31 times since March 15. Cassandra’s mother Amanda Sterling admitted that the teen had behavioral issues — which is why the mother relinquished custody to her parents — but said she was still shocked to learn that her daughter was capable of murder.
“This was very unexpected,” Sterling told the news station. “Not in a million years did I think something like this would ever happen.”
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff