MUG - Michael Goff III

Michael Goff III has been charged with criminal homicide in connection with the death of his father. (Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A Nashville teen accused of murdering his father in May 2018, has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Court officials said Michael Goff III pleaded guilty to first degree murder charges on June 25.

Goff remained in detention, but would be placed in Department of Children's Services custody for an undetermined amount of time, court officials added.

Police say Michael Goff III, 15, was charged with criminal homicide for murdering his father, 57-year-old Michael Goff Jr., whose bones were found in a duffel bag in September 2018.

Goff Jr. was reported missing by his wife on May 27, 2018. His bones were found Septemeber 2 on the shore of Percy Priest Lake behind the Lincoya Bay Apartment Complex. 

The day Goff Jr. was reported missing, Goff III told police that he and his father were driving in South Nashville when his father stopped the vehicle, gave his son his watch, and said, "I love you."

However, witnesses told police that on May 28, Goff III said he had killed someone with razor wire a few days earlier. Another 15-year-old told police that Goff III told him he killed his father.

That teen accompanied Goff III when he disposed of his father's body, according to police. 

Police say Goff III refused to answer questions. The other teen is being treated as a witness at this time.

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