Bloodstained murder suspect Alexander Whipple, 21, who led cops to the body of five-year-old niece, Elizabeth Shelley, licked his ‘filthy’ hands clean in the police interrogation room – ‘knew he was thief, but I never labeled him as a murderer’, says his grandfather
Alexander Whipple has been charged with aggravated murder in the death of his sister Jessica’s five-year-old daughter, Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Shelley
The bloodstained 21-year-old murder suspect reportedly, LICKED his ‘filthy’ hands clean in the interrogation room after arrest
Cooperating with authorities in return for avoiding the death penalty, Alexander Whipple led cops to the body of Elizabeth Shelley Wednesday
Lizzy’s body was found buried less than a block from her home behind a shed
Her blood was also found on the suspect’s sweatshirt and watch when he was arrested Saturday, charging documents state
The five-year-old’s blood was also found on a kitchen knife and the teal skirt she was last seen in, which was ‘hastily buried’ in dirt and bark near her Utah home
Whipple has been charged with aggravated murder, child kidnapping, desecration of a human body and obstruction of justice
Whipple’s grandfather, Bill Whipple, said he was aware of his grandson’s troubled past, ‘knew he was a thief, but never labeled him as a murderer’
His defense attorney indicated that they would go for an insanity plea
The 21-year-old uncle charged with murdering his five-year-old niece had blood-colored stains on his pants and ‘filthy’ hands that he attempted to lick clean after his arrest, police say. On Wednesday, Alexander Whipple, through his attorney, led police to the dirt-covered body of his niece, Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Shelley, located just yards from her Utah home, after he struck a deal to avoid the death penalty. His sister Jessica’s young daughter had been missing for five days. Police revealed that following Whipple’s arrest last Saturday, officers allegedly found what seemed to be dried blood on his clothes.
When left alone in an interview room without handcuffs, the 21-year-old allegedly tried to lick his ‘filthy’ hands with cuts on his fingers, apparently in the effort to wipe them clean. During questioning, Whipple told detectives that alcohol makes him ‘black out’ and sometimes he does ‘criminal things.’ He alluded frequently to ‘how evil the world we live in is,’ as he talked about his struggles as a child, according to court documents.
Lizzy’s family released this statement through her aunt on Wednesday thanking all the searchers and supporters
When Lizzy’s body was found Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen said, she was left under a pile of debris in a heavily wooded area less than a block from her home.
her remains was found at around 2pm local time after an intense search. Following the grim discovery, Lizzy’s great grandfather, Bill Whipple, revealed that the 21-year-old murder suspect had a difficult childhood but had never showed violent tendencies.‘I would never, ever in a million years have thought he was capable of harming such a cute little girl,’ Bill Whipple said of his grandson.
‘I knew he was a thief, but I never labeled him as a murderer.’ Alex Whipple’s mother walked out on the family when he was young, leaving his father to raise three children alone while he worked as a truck driver. As a teenager, Alex spent time in foster homes and did not graduate from high school. Whipple’s defense attorney, Shannon Demler, described his client as ‘very emotional’ and ‘not in a very good mental state.’ ‘He’s very broken down,’ Demler told Fox 13 Now. ‘He’s very remorseful.’ Demler said Whipple did not provide a motive for what he described as the man’s ‘inexcusable’ act against his niece and speculated that mental illness could be to blame. ‘I don’t know if there’s a reason why other than possibly mental illness,’ the lawyer said. ‘You know, it’s not like a five-year-old girl would do something that would justify someone doing this to her, but I think the answer is going to be in the mental illness of my client.’
Investigators had been searching for Lizzy since Saturday morning. The search party was led to her body Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Shelley, located just yards from her Utah home
Police have also been provided with surveillance footage from near the family’s home that may show Whipple. The video, taken at 6.46 am on Saturday at 700 West and 100 South – about two blocks from the home – shows a man in a gray hoodie walking alone, Fox 13 reported. His pants appear wet or muddy from the knees down. According to a probable cause affidavit, when Whipple was arrested, he had a metal baseball bat shoved in his back pocket and hidden under his jacket along his back – though cops say the bat is not part of the evidence in the disappearance. Whipple was booked into Cache County Jail on Sunday for investigation of probation violations, failure to identify himself to police and possession of a controlled substance. Cops found Alexander Whipple on Saturday afternoon in a remote area about 10 miles from the family home, several hours after his niece was reported missing, with some of the girl’s clothing in his hands. He was combative and refused to identify himself several times when police spotted him walking in a remote area, according to court documents. Police allegedly found him with a metal baseball bat, an unopened can of beer and drug paraphernalia, and what was suspected to be marijuana.
Alexander Whipple [photo] was arrested on Saturday, found in a remote area about 10 miles from the family home where Elizabeth disappeared
His long list of prior brushes with the law include a 2016, conviction for assaulting his roommate in an incident of domestic violence, according to court records.
The same year, Whipple was arrested after police said he stole his neighbor’s car and drove under the influence of alcohol. In that incident he led Utah High Patrol on a 40-mile chase that ended with authorities spiking the tires of the car, court documents show. Whipple was sentenced to prison in March 2018 but his term was suspended, and he was instead ordered to serve 180 days in jail and five years of probation. He was denied bail Tuesday during a court hearing in Logan in which he appeared via video in a dark blue jail uniform with his back slumped and his eyes cast downward, ABC News reported. Whipple’s next hearing is June 3.