LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — An Elkmont teenager appeared in court Monday morning on multiple murder charges and received a trial date.
Mason Sisk is charged with killing five of his family members when he was 14 years old in September 2019.
The trial was originally set to begin on November 1, 2021, but the judge handling the case at the time retired. At Monday’s hearing, the court laid out a new schedule for the case, setting the trial for September 12, 2022.
The teen faces one count of capital murder of two or more victims and 3 counts of capital murder of a victim under the age of 14.
The Monday morning status conference was short, with the court conferring with attorneys in sometimes-whispered tones. It is not clear what was discussed, though the topic of mental competence to stand trial was one of the subjects.
Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Sisk after they say he confessed to shooting his father, John Wayne Sisk, 38; his stepmother, Mary Sisk, 35; and three siblings — a 6-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl, and a 6-month-old boy.
The family members were shot at their home on the 25000 block of Ridge Road in Elkmont. The call came in around 10:30 p.m. on September 2. Officials said one adult and a child survived initially but later died at area hospitals.
Limestone County Sheriff’s Office then-spokesman Stephen Young said the teen told them he was in the basement of the home when he heard gunshots and ran out the door. Investigators said the boy had discrepancies in his story, and he confessed to killing his family once the discrepancies were pointed out.
Sisk has pleaded not guilty to the charges.