Two Nevada teenagers are under arrest and accused of murder after their parents broke them up, authorities said.
Aaron Guerrero, 18, and 16-year-old Sierra Halseth allegedly stabbed to death her father, Daniel Halseth, 45, burned the body and then attempted to dismember it, police records show.
On April 9, according to Guerrero’s arrest warrant, police asked the victim’s landlord to check on Daniel Halseth at his Las Vegas home since days had passed since his mother had heard from him, KVVU-TV reported.
The landlord found the victim’s burned body in the garage. Investigators later discovered a chainsaw and handsaw at the crime scene with apparent blood and tissue on the saw, according to the station.
Police reportedly said it appeared the teenagers tried to dismember the body and start a fire in an attempt to cover up the grisly crime.
Guerrero and Sierra Halseth dated from June 2020 through the end of the year but their parents forced the pair to break off their relationship and have no contact after learning they planned to run away together.
In video the teenagers filmed after the murder and obtained by KLAS-TV, the two can be seen laughing and joking.
“Welcome back to our YouTube channel … Day 3 after murdering somebody …,” Guerrero says in the cell phone video.
“Whoa! Don’t put that on camera,” Sierra Halseth says.
“It was worth it,” Guerrero responds before appearing to choke her.
Days later, police took Guerrero and Halseth into custody in Salt Lake City.
In addition to murder charges, the pair — both charged as adults —are accused of conspiracy, arson, robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card.
They are being held without bail.
In a statement to KLAS-TV, the victim's loved ones noted he was “a loving father, brother, and son, who was the heart of the Halseth family.”
“To have him taken from us in such a horrific, savage, senseless, and violent act of murder leaves us heartbroken, and our grief is unyielding,” the statement continues. “The total lack of remorse on display in the video is both reprehensible and unforgivable.”
The Halseth family added they “are waiting for justice to be served with the maximum accountability allowed.”