One Thanksgiving get-together between friends in Polk County went from celebratory to lethal in a matter of minutes. Polk County Police were called out to a residence and discovered the victim with a gunshot wound to the head. After questioning the suspect, he claims his actions could be defined as a mercy killing because the victim would not stop asking for him to “put him out of his misery.”

According to a witness, 38-year-old Steven Nicholas Hunt and 45-year-old Stephen Edward Roberts had been hanging out together all morning. Hunt reached out to the witness and asked her to ride over to his house to bring him to Walmart for some shopping. The witness agreed and arrived at his house shortly later. The trio went shopping before returning to Robert’s home. The witness went to take a shower while the men talked in another room. Moments after exiting the shower, the witness heard a gunshot. She rushed into the room to find Roberts shot in the head. Hunt admitted to shooting him, but he forced the witness to drive her to a nearby gas station. After dropping the suspect off, the witness immediately called 911.

Stephen Roberts was deceased upon the police officer’s arrival. Hunt was located across the street from the gas station. The suspect initially tried to deny being at the residence at the time of the shooting, but he later admitted that he shot the victim to “put him out of his misery.” Hunt has been apprehended and charged with both first-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm. The suspect is currently being detained at the Polk County Jail.