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Bethel Acres man wasn't reported missing with teen

Kenneth Chaffin, 17, and Dillian King, 18, both of Bethel Acres, were found dead Wednesday in Ellis County, Texas. Pottawatomie County Undersheriff J.T. Palmer said King was not reported missing and authorities did not know a second person was with Chaffin until the deaths were reported.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Modified: March 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013
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Kenneth Chaffin

Dillian King wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and serve in the military, but he was rejected because of a medical condition. While he had a troubled youth, Dillian King was very close with his family and was a caring person, she said.

According to Dillian King's Facebook page, he graduated from Bethel High School in May.

Chaffin had a history of running away, Palmer said.

The two were attempting to break into a home on a Texas ranch when the homeowner got a gun and fired at them, authorities in Texas said. The robbers fired back at the house as they ran. They were found dead with apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

The pickup reportedly taken by Chaffin was at the scene.

Roland Chaffin said his son never had any run-ins with the law.

“Kenneth was a follower, not a leader. That's what we figure. He followed someone and got in over his head,” Roland Chaffin said.

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I wish I knew what his mindset was. I think he was still lost at the time, and once things got bad in the situation, maybe he didn't feel like there was another option.”

Tosha King,
Dillian King's stepmother


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