High, delusional man accused of killing his teenage roommate, police in New Mexico say

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Source: Roswell police; MEGA

Mar. 29 2022, Published 10:33 a.m. ET

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A teen is accused of being high and delusion when he shot and killed his roommate and left him on a balcony, according to a report.

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Darin Penn, 19, was arrested by police in Roswell, New Mexico, this week, according to the Roswell Daily Record. He is accused of first-degree murder in connection to the slaying of 17-year-old Mason Mayes.

Police were called to an apartment around 7 a.m. on March 26. There, they found Mayes on the balcony with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Daily Record.

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Mayes was taken to the hospital, where he died.

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Penn called 911 during the incident and police found him hiding in a bedroom closet, according to the report. In the closet there was also a rifle used in the shooting.

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Investigators said Penn may have been under the influence of a drug and “possibly delusional” during the shooting, according to the Daily Record.

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Source: Roswell police; MEGA

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