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Only on 13: Accused killer Leroy Smith III admits to murdering father

AUGUSTA (WGME) - 24-year-old Leroy Smith III appeared in court Thursday morning, saying he understood the murder charge against him and also claiming he's a political prisoner.

Smith is facing a mental health evaluation, but before that, he spoke only to CBS 13's Jon Chrisos who did a jailhouse interview with the accused killer.

Our interview got cut short because the jail captain was concerned about Smith, but Smith wanted to keep talking.

He shared his story and what he says happened Saturday when he killed his father.

Leroy Smith III confessed to Chrisos inside that he killed his father.

Leroy went into graphic detail about the three knives he used and why he said his father, Leroy Smith II was an evil man who sexually abused him. This is something that hasn't been proven, but he says he had nowhere else to go last December when he moved in with his father.

Jon: "You admitted you killed your father."

Leroy: "Yeah."

Jon: "Why did you do that?"

Leroy: "The world never approached me. Never told me I'm God. You just have to show the world who you are. And that's the thing that will save your life or else you'll get stuck as a no one and the world will run you over."

Jon: "So you did this to get respect?"

Leroy: "I did this to get my name out there. How else will I get the attention of yourself? I'm a no one sitting up here in Maine."

Jon: "You also said in here the documents you told officers you cut up the body, your father's body."

Leroy: "I had to dispose of him somehow. I'm not sick in the head. I just wanted him gone. I was going to bury him in the woods and put dirt over him and cover everything up no one would know a thing."