SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (April 24, 2013)--Two teenagers, one from Texas, accused of escaping from a juvenile rehabilitation camp and later beating and stabbing an elderly couple to death at a vacation cabin in southwest Missouri have been charged.
Anthony Zarro, 17, of Spring, and Christopher Allen, 16, of Nashville, Tenn., are charged with first-degree murder in the January deaths of Paul Brian Brooks, 70, and his wife, Margaret, 69.
The Brooks, of Baldwin, Mich., were staying in a vacation cabin near Lampe, 50 miles south of Springfield, when they were killed.
Circuit Court Judge Alan Blankenship ruled Tuesday that the boys will be tried as adults.
Blankenship indicated that he doubted the teens could be rehabilitated.
The teens ran away from Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch two days before the Brooks' bodies were found.