BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A teenager accused of stabbing his friend to death with a hunting knife in western Boulder County over the summer has pleaded guilty.
Spencer Crawford, 19, admitted to killing 17-year-old Angus Gaudin. The two were in the same group of 11 friends camping together in a secluded private area near Nederland that’s accessible only by steep winding dirt roads.
Some or all of the teens were students at New Vista High School in Boulder.
Investigators say drugs and alcohol were a factor in the crime.
“I’d certainly say that there was likely some drug use and some alcohol use combined together that got them so high that maybe they weren’t quite sure what they were doing or became paranoid of one another,” Boulder County Sheriff’s office spokesman Cmdr. Scot Williams said after the incident.
They say the victim and attacker possibly became paranoid of each other.
Crawford faces up to six years in prison when he’s sentenced in February.