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Police: 16-year-old killed 15-year-old boy, set fire to Washington County home

July 27, 2018 01:05 PM

PUTNAM - A teenager who allegedly killed his friend before setting fire to a home was arraigned Friday morning. Authorities say 16-year-old Adrian Sawyer killed 15-year-old Maverick Bowman because of a girl.

The area of Route 2 where police say it happened is back open, but the property itself was still taped off on Friday morning.

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The property is owned by the Bowman family. They say the teenagers would go there to work on cars and basically hang out. However, sometime Wednesday into Thursday, authorities say one teen killed the other.

Sawyer was led into court in Washington County Friday morning in his green and white striped jumpsuit. He barely said a word while family and friends wept. The teen is accused of killing Bowman with a machete.

"Some family members have mentioned that they may or may not have been friends, but we don't know anything definitively at this point," said Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan.

The investigators say Sawyer tried to set the house on fire to cover up the crime. He's charged with both murder and arson – both felonies.

Authorities have been at the property gathering evidence. That property is strewn with junk cars – everything they can learn to build a case in this horrific crime.

"We have a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old," said Jordan. "It's tragic. It just can't begin to quantify those emotions of why would this happen."

Sawyer turned 16 back in May. Bowman would have turned 16 this coming Tuesday.

NewsChannel 13's John Craig spoke with family members for new information and reaction. We will have that on WNYT.com and our newscasts starting Live at 4.

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