A New York man has admitted that he was on drugs when he murdered a mother and her young daughter by choking them and then slashing their throats earlier this month, the Post-Star reports.
Bryan Redden, 21, told police that he was “high on drugs” and had “done heroin” when he killed 33-year-old Crystal Riley and her 4-year-old daughter, Lilly Frasier, according to court documents.
Redden also told a corrections officer that he regretted the August 11 slayings. “I’m guilty of what I did,” Redden is quoted as saying in the records.
The admissions are among a handful of incriminating statements that Redden has made to police. The first one was when officers took him into custody after finding him in Riley’s vehicle.
“I’m the one you’re looking for … you know, the murderer,” he allegedly said.
Later on, Redden added that he “(expletive) up real bad.”
Redden also directed police to the location of the murder weapon – a knife – which authorities recovered.
Despite the proclamations of responsibility by Redden, he has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and other lesser charges that include hiding a knife, theft of a vehicle and possessing a weapon.
Authorities have not yet revealed a motive for the slayings, although Redden has said he was in a romantic relationship with Riley.
Redden is being held in the Warren County Jail without an opportunity for bond.
Court proceedings are on hold pending a psychiatric exam, it has been reported.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Redden faces life in prison without parole.
[Featured image: Warren County Sheriff’s Office]