Luckily, Nathaniel Scheiern wasn’t driving while he was under the influence of radical Islam. If he had been, he might have killed — and tried to decapitate — others. As it is, the 35-year-old Scheiern is on trial for the “lesser” crime of bludgeoning his foster grandparents to death with an ax and hammer. (He also attempted, but failed, to behead them, which means if he were to die as a martyr, he’d probably receive only 36 virgins, or half the full complement.)
According to the Los Angeles Times:
The homicide investigation began on the morning of June 28 of last year, when Scheiern’s sister called and asked Glendale police to check the well-being of her grandparents, who lived with Scheiern in a single-family home in the 600 block of Alexander Street.
When the first officer … arrived at the home, he found the front door ajar and several newspapers stacked on the porch. A foul order emanated from inside, where in a bedroom, the carpet and walls were covered in dried blood.
Investigators found two decomposing bodies under a blanket on a twin-sized bed in that room. They were later identified as William and Verna Scheiern, 77 and 82 years old, respectively.
Scheiern committed the murders after attending church withhis grandparents.
His attorney, Christina Behle, is trying to sell the jury on the idea that her client was molested by the grandfather as a child. Police are calling the allegations bunk. Scheiern also reportedly made a statement about his grandfather “messing around with little kids,” but those allegations, too, have been dismissed as unfounded.
The L.A. Times devotes a single sentence to Scheiern’s “infatuation with” radical Islam, but that’s to be expected from a liberal news outlet.
Scheiern, meantime, is being held without bail and could face the death penalty if convicted. And, no, if he is executed, it will not be by beheading.