WILLIAMSTOWN – State police at Lykens were summoned to the 100 block of Autumn Drive, for a homicide early Wednesday morning, March 30.
Police say 15-year-old Dakota Thornton shot and killed his 18-year-old brother during a dispute over the brother’s girlfriend.
They said Dakota Thornton of Williams Township is being charged as an adult with homicide for the death of Dominick Thornton. The killing occurred just before 2 a.m. in the 100 block of Autumn Drive, investigators said.
Dakota Thornton was arrested without incident at an apartment near the shooting scene, police said.
Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said Dakota Thornton had to be charged as an adult because homicide cases can’t be brought in juvenile court.
Police said Dakota Thornton was arrested without incident at an apartment near the shooting scene. The weapon used in the slaying was a .410-gauge shotgun.
In arrest papers filed with District Judge Rebecca Jo Margerum, Trooper Kyle Tobin said one of the first things Dakota Thornton said when officers arrived was, “I shot my brother.”
During an interview with police with his mother present, Thornton said he loaded the shotgun about two minutes before the slaying, Tobin said. He said Thornton told officers he “ultimately shot and killed his brother over the fact that he was romantically interested in the brother’s girlfriend.”
A county deputy coroner pronounced Dominick Thornton dead at the scene, police said. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday, March 31.
In addition to murder, Thornton is charged with possessing an instrument of crime for using the shotgun in the killing. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 6 before Margerum, but has been postponed until April 27.