BAKERSFIELD — A teen-ager arrested in the slayings of three family members allegedly committed the killings to get money and a truck so he and two friends could run off to South America, authorities said Monday.
Scott Kammeyer, 19, and his two friends fled with $163 and made it to Mexico after the Friday slayings, but ran out of money and returned across the border to National City, where they were arrested Sunday, Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Johnson said.
A pickup registered to Kammeyer's father was confiscated in National City.
Joel Henry, 19, and Billy Wayne Smith, 18, were also arrested. The three were being taken to Bakersfield Monday night. Arraignment on murder charges was scheduled for today.
Authorities believe the three friends fled after committing the murders Friday afternoon in the Kammeyer family's home.
John Jerome Kammeyer, 51, and his wife, Alana Jean, 47, were shot to death, and their son John Allen, 22, was beaten and stabbed to death. The bodies were discovered Saturday night.