Brian Lee Draper and Tory Michael Adamcik
Brian and Tory were incarcerated at age 16 for the September 2006 stabbing murder of their classmate Cassie Stoddart. They both blamed each other for the crime and were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 2007.
Draper pinned the murder on Adamcik, while Adamcik claimed that Draper did it all and cited his history of depression and his plan for several years to commit murder. An Idaho State Journal article about Draper’s confession in the Pocatello trial reports: “Breathing heavily and speaking through tears, Brian Draper told police how Torey Adamcik allegedly moved through the pitch-black home, approached Cassie Jo Stoddart and stabbed her to death. The scene from Draper’s Sept. 27 interrogation – titled “The Confession” By Bannock County Sheriff’s detectives – was played for jurors during the defendant’s murder trial. During the video, Draper admitted he and Adamcik were there when Stoddart was murdered but denied ever stabbing her. Later, jurors saw a recording of a Sept. 28 interrogation, during which Draper confessed to stabbing Stoddart four or five times. Draper, his parents and law enforcement officers were huddled in a small interview room at the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office during the Sept. 27 interrogation. It was then that Draper, who previously offered officers two different alibis, admitted he and Adamcik were involved in Stoddart’s murder. wanted to tell officers the truth about what happened. Draper described to police the clothing, masks and knives they pulled from Adamcik’s car prior to entering the residence in northeast Bannock County where Stoddart was house-sitting. He also told them of how he and Adamcik disposed of the items in the Black Rock Canyon area later that night. The recording of the Sept. 27 interrogation, Draper’s third with police, was introduced during the continuing testimony of Bannock County Sheriff’s Detective Andy Thomas, who was on the stand when Wednesday’s proceedings ended. During the interrogation, Thomas and Idaho State Police Detective Lt. John Ganske tell Draper they believe there is more to the story he told Sept. 27. “Are you sure you didn’t stab (Stoddart)?” Thomas asks Draper in the video. “I know you didn’t want to stab her, but does Torey at any time make you stab her?” About two more minutes of similar questioning passed and Draper finally gasps a faint “yes,” admitting he stabbed Stoddart. Draper then tells the detectives he stabbed her three or four times at the behest of Adamcik. “(Adamcik) came over and says, ‘Make sure she is dead. You need to stab her,'” Draper said during the Sept. 28 interrogation. Draper and Adamcik were arrested Sept. 27, just three days after Stoddart’s body was found. They were both charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Stoddart was stabbed to death Sept. 22 while house-sitting for relatives and was found two days later when they returned home. Both defendants and Stoddart were 16-year-old juniors at Pocatello High School when the murder occurred. ”
Convicted Idaho killer asks justices for new trial
JOHN MILLER, Associated Press Wednesday, April 13, 2011
FILE – In this undated file photo provided by the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office shows, Brian Draper is shown. Draper, serving life behind bars for killing his 16-year-old high school classmate will ask Idaho Supreme Court justices for a new trial, claiming he didn’t get a fair hearing the first time around. Photo: Bannock County Sheriff’s Office Via The Idaho State Journal / AP
Pamela and Kerry Draper, the parent’s of convicted teen killer Brian Draper await a hearing in the Idaho Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Boise, Idaho. Their son, who was 16 when he and a friend, Torey Adamcik, stabbed Cassie Jo Stoddart to death in 2006, is seeking a new trial. Photo: John Miller / AP
Anna Stoddart, the mother of murder victim Cassie Jo Stoddard, sits flanked by family and friends in the Idaho Supreme Court before a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Boise, Idaho. One of her daughter’s killers, Brian Draper, is asking to have his sentence vacated and for a new trial, claiming his life sentence is cruel and that the jury was given improper instructions. Photo: John Miller / AP