March 23, 2011 -- Police who had issued an Amber Alert for two missing Kentucky children found the pair and charged one of them today with the murder of his legal guardians.
Christopher Endicott, 15, was charged with murder after his guardians, Gary and Barbara Holloway, were found dead in their south-central Kentucky home. Gary Holloway died from multiple gunshot wounds, his wife Barbara died from just one shot, according to preliminary autopsy reports.
A family member and friend found the slain couple shot to death in their beds, according to the Associated Press.
The children were the subject of an Amber Alert Tuesday as authorities searched for Endicott and Kyra Shockley, 12, who was reported missing by her parents earlier in the day. The police have not charged Shockley with any crime, and released the 12-year-old to her mother today.
Shockley and Endicott were in a "boyfriend-girlfriend" relationship, said Billy Gregory, public affairs officer with Kentucky State Police, told ABC News. Gregory said police are still searching for a motive.
The lead detective on the case, B.J. Burton, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the killings may have been part of a plan for Endicott to run off with Shockley.
The Holloways were found dead in their Edmonton, Ky., home early Tuesday afternoon. No one else was in the house and the couple's car, a Chevrolet, was missing, police said.
Hours later, a firefighter found Endicott and Shockley in the missing Chevy on a highway about 15 miles away from the Holloways' home.
Endicott drove the car off the road and through a fence after leading authorities in a brief car chase. He and Shockley then fled from the car and were caught by police after a short foot chase, according to a statement from Kentucky police.
In addition to the murder charge, the 15-year-old has been charged with fleeing and evading police, wanton endangerment and reckless driving without a driver's license.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.