Teen Accused of Killing Family’s Parakeet During Burglary

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. --  A couple is shaken up and forced to clean up a big mess Wednesday.  Jackson County prosecutors say 17-year-old Duncan S. Haynie broke into the Medrano's home on N.W. Canterbury Drive, while they slept.

Prosecutors say the suspect didn't hurt the two, but they say their pet bird of ten years, wasn't so lucky.

Maria Medrano can't hold back her tears when she looks at her lifeless pet parakeet "Benny."

"He didn't have to do this," she said as she held the corpse.

The Medrano's say Haynie broke into their home close to midnight on Tuesday, while they were already fast asleep.

"We were dead asleep and then I guess it was 12 o'clock, my wife woke me up and told me someone had entered into the house," said John Medrano.

Investigators said Haynie rummaged through the home, took the adult amazon parakeet, which the family simply refers to as a parrot, from it's cage in the living room and killed it in the kitchen. They say he stuffed several DVD's and a playstation into a duffel bag belonging to the owner before the Medrano's ever confronted him.

"It was pretty fast how he was able to accomplish all this and make so much destruction and kill our parrot," said John Medrano.

Maria Medrano ran to their neighbor's house for help, while her husband tried to talk the teen into  to putting a knife and pipe down.

"I kept on talking to him, talking to him, you're in the wrong place please just go out the door and stuff," John Medrano said.

The Medrano's say police arrived shortly after, arresting Haynie. Since then they've kept themselves busy cleaning up the shattered glass, while crews board up broken glass doors.

But the Medrano's say it's damage they can replace. The only thing they can't, is the one they can hardly talk about, Benny.

Prosecutors say Haynie is charged with burglary in the first degree and theft.  They say it's a higher grade felony than might have been charged for animal abuse.   Haynie is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

Officers say Haynie is homeless and expressed uncontrolled rage. Prosecutors have asked for bond to be set at $50,000.

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