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Man kills his aunt because he no longer wanted to pay rent with sex

By Mason White 9:00 AM March 17, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A man told police that his aunt made him pay rent with sex rather than cash.

The man of Oklahoma, said that he had sex with his aunt in exchange for rent.

Police said that he shot and killed his aunt to end the incestuous arrangement.

Jeremy Sappington, 37, divorced his wife, and went to live with his mother’s sister. Once he was living there, the two allegedly began having an incestuous relationship.

The aunt, Verna Sarten, 50, of Chouteau, lived with her ​​boyfriend, Gerald Howard, who was out of town for work at the time.

Sappington told authorities that he wanted to end the incestuous relationship. However, rather than moving out of his aunt’s house, he took a gun, which he had hidden under the mattress of a bed, and shot his aunt in the head.

Investigators found that Sappington also tried to set the house on fire, as he left the oven partially open and running. He also left a space heater on with papers near it.

Sappington, who has an extensive criminal history, confessed to killing his aunt. He has been charged with first-degree murder.