(Sarpy County, NE) -- A Bellevue father accused of killing his two children makes another court appearance.
On Tuesday, Adam Price appeared in Sarpy County Court for a hearing about the state amending his charges from Child Abuse that resulted in Death to Murder. Price is accused of smothering his two children, Emily and Theodore, and fleeing the state back in May. Court records show that Price shared custody of the children with his ex-wife, who lives in Illinois. It was Price's weekend to have the kids when they were found dead in his Bellevue home. The same day the children were found, Price was arrested in Northern California, where investigators say he drove following the children's deaths.
Evidence presented at Tuesday's hearing included comments made by Price during an initial interview done with a Bellevue Police detective while Price was still in custody in California. The detective testified on Tuesday that Price had been asked, "Killing the kids was more about you than killing the kids?” to which he responded, “Yes... it was not a spur of the moment thing.” The state says that means there’s premeditation. Documents also show that Price was also asked in that interview about when he was watching his children and if he, “Could see doing the day over again?” with Price responding, “I would do it again.”
The forensic pathologist that did the children's autopsies, Dr. Jeremy Berg, also testified on Tuesday. Berg was the one to determine that they had been smothered. The state claims that there was more than enough time for Price to reconsider his actions that day, but he didn’t.
A Sarpy County Judge Thompson has taken the case up for advisement and will decide in the next few days whether or not there’s enough evidence to amend the charges to murder.