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Son told of mutilating parents

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A college student who admitted he fatally shot his parents in their bedroom and broke a chainsaw cutting up their bodies told investigators, ''God told me to."

Philip Badowski made the comment in a recorded interview with police after the Dec. 2 slayings of Chester Badowski Jr., 47, and Christine Badowski, 46. Prosecutors played the recording at Badowski's preliminary hearing Friday.

General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon referred two murder and abuse of corpse charges to a grand jury and ordered Badowski held without bail. Lawyers for both sides declined to comment after the hearing.

Badowski, 22, a student at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, sobbed at times during the recorded interview and at one point asked, ''I'm not dreaming this whole thing, am I?"

He said the killings were ''spur of the moment" after his parents scolded him when they returned from a weeklong mission trip to Haiti, where they volunteered drilling wells.

''I was pretty mad for what they were saying," he said in the interview. ''They were cussing and calling me bad names because I had some friends over while they were out of town."

Badowski told police he shot his father with a rifle, then struggled with his mother and struck her with the gun before shooting her in the head.

He said he tried to dismember their bodies with a chainsaw, but it broke.

Investigators went to the house to check on the couple after they failed to show up at their jobs.

Badowski told police that his parents were out of town, but officers unlocked a bedroom door and found the bodies, according to the police report.

Christine Badowski had been decapitated and her arms and legs were cut off, investigators said. Chester Badowski's legs had been cut before the saw broke.

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