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A young Anthony Templet with his father Burt Templet in a still from Netflix’s new true-crime docuseries I Just Killed My Dad. Templet describes what led him to shoot his father. Photo: Netflix

Netflix’s I Just Killed My Dad: why Anthony Templet ‘didn’t see any other way’ to stop his father

  • Anthony Templet was 17 years old when he killed his father at their home in the US state of Louisiana, and did not try to hide what he had done
  • In Netflix’s three-part true-crime docuseries I Just Killed My Dad, Templet describes a far from idyllic childhood and what led him to take his parent’s life
USA TODAY

Spoiler alert: The following contains details from the docuseries I Just Killed My Dad, streaming now on Netflix.

Netflix’s new true-crime docuseries I Just Killed My Dad gets its name from an admission by then 17-year-old Anthony Templet, who fired three bullets at his father, Burt Templet, in June 2019.

“I just, uh, killed my dad,” Anthony calmly and matter-of-factly told a 911 operator after the incident at their home in Baton Rouge, in the US state of Louisiana. “What do I need to tell you?” (Burt actually died a few days later when he was removed from life support.)

However, as the three-part docuseries shows, the case is anything but simple.

Anthony Templet. “I want people to know that I’m not crazy,” he says to the camera in Netflix’s new true-crime docuseries I Just Killed My Dad. Photo: Netflix

“I want people to know that I’m not crazy, and I’m not a murderer, and I’m innocent,” Anthony tells filmmakers.

Here’s what to know about Anthony and his decision to shoot his dad, which he says was in self-defence.

Who is Anthony Templet?

Anthony spent the majority of his childhood being raised by his father, after being taken from his mother at five years old. Anthony’s upbringing was far from idyllic, according to the documentary.

Burt was against enrolling Anthony in school, and didn’t educate him at home either, says Susan Templet, Burt’s estranged wife at the time of his death. She says she moved in when Anthony was seven and that he only learned to write the alphabet at 10.

Anthony Templet’s father, Burt Templet. He did not let his son go to school or have friends, and did nothing to educate him. Photo: Netflix

“It’s easier to control a dumb person than a smart person, right?” Anthony says.

According to Anthony, Burt surveilled him with home security cameras and an app on his phone. Anthony allegedly wasn’t allowed to have friends and wasn’t taken for routine doctor or dental exams.

Anthony and his stepbrother, Susan’s son, Peyton Mannino, speak of the physical and emotional abuse Burt doled out.

He ended up getting violent with me, and he just lost it
Anthony Templet on the lead-up to the killing

“I’ve been punched and thrown and kicked, and it wouldn’t stop for hours,” Anthony says.

“Very rarely was it anything other than hell living there,” Mannino says.

Was Anthony Templet kidnapped?

Anthony’s mother, Teresa Thompson, says Burt physically abused her, and went to jail for assaulting her.

“One time he beat me so bad that I was in bed for a week,” Thompson says, later adding: “The abuse was so frequent that it almost did seem normal.”

She also claims Burt’s friend told her he’d been hired to kill her and that she needed to leave.

Anthony Templet with his mother, Teresa Thompson, in a still from Netflix’s I Just Killed My Dad. Photo: Netflix

Thompson was living with Anthony in Texas when Burt was granted temporary sole custody by a Baton Rouge court after asserting that she was an unfit parent.

Thompson says she didn’t have the resources to continue the custody battle in another state. Anthony grew up falsely convinced his mother was a drug abuser who didn’t want to have a relationship with him. Susan says she was told by Burt that Thompson was dead.

What happened the night Burt Templet was shot?

According to Anthony, Burt charged into his room on June 3, 2019, and started a fight because Anthony had been in contact with his stepmother, Susan.

“We argued over that for a little bit,” Anthony said, “and then he ended up getting violent with me, and he just lost it.”

Anthony escaped to his father’s bedroom, where he says his father attempted “busting the door down”. Anthony said he then grabbed two guns because “this was the worst I’ve ever seen him”. He added: “I felt like this was it for me.”

Anthony Templet. He did not intend to kill his father, he says in Netflix’s I Just Killed My Dad. Photo: Netflix

Anthony opened the door and aimed at his father. After firing, he says he “felt terrible, but I didn’t see any other way”.

Anthony insists he didn’t want to kill his dad, but to get himself out from under Burt’s roof.

Is Anthony Templet in prison?

Anthony pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in August 2019. In January 2021, his attorney Jarrett Ambeau reached a deal with East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore and Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings that resulted in zero jail time for Anthony.

Anthony Templet and his father Burt Templet. The teenager’s lawyers negotiated a plea deal with district attorneys in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo: Netflix

“Probation. Negligent homicide [is] not a crime of violence, and you can expunge it from your record when you’re done,” Ambeau told his client in the doc.

“That’s the best I could’ve hoped for,” Anthony responded, in his lawyer’s embrace.

With the case behind him, Anthony told filmmakers: “I just want to live normally and be happy and just move on.”

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