- Ada County Sheriff's Office
- Adam Michael Dees has pled guilty to three counts of first degree murder and robbery.
In the shadow of Friday's Ada County Courthouse hearing where Adam Dees admitted to the killings of Ted, Elaine and Tom Welp in their Boise home last March, George Welp, son of Ted and Elaine and brother of Tom, issued the following statement on behalf of his family:
“Our dad, mom and brother, whom we love dearly, were taken from us and this is something we will never understand. To say the last three months have been devastating, overwhelming, and painful and would be an understatement.
We celebrate Ted, Elaine and Tom every day. And we grieve for them. That will never change. But our family needs to heal. Our family needs time together — living our lives — in order to feel whole again. That time will not be spent in a courtroom, enduring a trial, sentencing and appeals that would likely span years — even decades.
There is nothing that can bring my Dad, my Mom and my Brother back or make everything okay. There is no punishment that will ever change what happened. Nothing a judge could ever do that would make it okay.
The best hope of justice for us is to ensure the person who killed our parents and brother can never — NEVER — harm anyone again.
That is why we support fully the work by the Ada County Prosecutor's Office to put this murderer in prison for the rest of his life. We, as a family, will be able to move forward with our lives with some sense of peace that no other family - not even this murderer’s own mother and father, will ever have to know the pain we have felt because of him.
We miss our Dad, Mom, and Brother so very much and that will never change, but we are at peace knowing we can now move forward, focusing on life the way our parents and brother would want – living with love and kindness.”
ORIGINAL POST: June 26, 2015 12 p.m.
Friday morning, 22-year-old Nampa resident Adam Dees stood before the Ada County 4th District Judge Sam Hoagland and spoke plainly.
“Sir, I killed 3 people and I robbed their home,” Dees said.
His statement was in regard to the murder of 80-year-old Ted Welp, his wife 77-year-old Elaine Welp and their son 52-year-old Tom Welp, in addition to the robbery of their home on either March 8 or 9.
As part of the a plea agreement with Ada county prosecutors that would allow him to avoid the death penalty, Dees pled guilty to Murder 1. As part of the proposed sentence, Dees would serve four life sentences and pay fines of up to $220,000.
Finalization of the plea deal will take place during his sentencing, set for Friday, Aug. 28.
Prosecutors told the court during the hearing that police had uncovered evidence that both Elaine and Tom had been bound, bludgeoned and shot in the head with a 9mm handgun. Prosecutors also told the court that Dees "got frustrated when [Elaine and Tom] wouldn't give him their PINs to their credit cards."
Ted was found dead in his bed after being stabbed in the throat.
Dees confirmed to the premeditated nature of crime and admitted that he had thought about the crime before committing it “a little bit.”
Following the murders, Dees used Welp credit cards to purchase items at attempted to dispose of physical evidence at those locations. Among those items was a black, wooden baseball bat Dees said he used to bludgeon the Welps during the crime that was coated in blood that was later identified as belonging to the victims.
The bat matched the make of a bat that Dees bought from a Walmart, along with a pair of black gloves March 8 prior to the murders.
After seizing Dees’ phone, police were able to talk with a friend of Dees who testified to Dees admitting to a violent robbery that matched the description of the one that took place at the Welp residence.