A 23-year-old man from Wisconsin has been accused of murdering both of his parents after they discovered his impressive career at SpaceX was a lie.
Prosecutors have said that 23-year-old Chandler Halderson told his parents that he was taking online classes and working remotely for an insurance company while he was living at home. In June 2021, Halderson told his parents that he had some exciting news: he had landed a job at SpaceX, and would soon be moving to Florida to start working for the company.
In reality, prosecutors say, Mr Halderson was spending all his time playing video games, he had never worked at an insurance company, there was no SpaceX job, and he had failed out of community college after just the first semester.
Eventually, his father, Bart Halderson, started to pick up on the lies, however, before he could confront his son about his deceit, prosecutors say, Chandler Halderson shot him dead, and then killed Krisa Halderson, his mother, when she returned home.
According to the charges against Chandler Halderson, after killing both of his parents, he dismembered them and disposed of the body parts all over Wisconsin.
He has been charged with intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse, hiding a corpse, and falsely reporting a missing person. For each crime, he has been charged with two counts - one for each parent.
Chandler Halderson has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Catherine Dorl, his lawyer, has insisted that prosecutors have their story wrong.
Ms Dorl said, "They simply don't know what happened, look for what's missing, look for alternate explanations."
Prosecutors have argued that it was Chandler Halderson's web of lies that eventually resulted in the murders. Right before Bart Halderson was killed, they say, he had just called his son's college and been informed that he was no longer a student there.
Deputy District Attorney William Brown told the jury, "there was no way out of his lies."
The trial of Chandler Halderson is expected to last three or four weeks. If convicted, the 23-year-old would likely face life in prison.