An Indiana man is charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of 19-year-old Grace Anne Sparks while he was 300 miles away at his home. Hayden Berkebile, 29, told detectives they’d been in a relationship since “she was in her early teens, communicated via messaging apps, and had visited each other.”

Police say, “Berkebille stated that the victim had been suicidal for years and on this day during the course of their conversation, she grabbed a gun, the camera moved, he told her ‘no, no, no’ and then heard a gunshot.”

Sparks’ death has initially ruled a suicide. Investigators found, however, that Berkebile was a “BDSM sexual master” who “exerted sexual control over the victim causing her to engage in dangerous and demeaning acts,” encouraging Sparks to kill herself for his “viewing pleasure.”

“On the day of the victim’s death, the victim asks Mr. Berkebile to use her,” an affidavit filed in court said. “Berkebile states ‘No, I want to kill you.’ ‘That’s all I [expletive] want.’” Berkebile faces charges of criminally negligent homicide and false reports.

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