A Minnesota man who lived in a home with the decomposing bodies of his mother and twin brother for a year, without reporting their deaths to authorities, is now facing charges.
Robert James Kuefler, 60, was charged earlier this week with interference with a dead body or scene of death because police say he moved his brother's body. White Bear Police Capt. Dale Hager told the Associated Press that Kuefler said the pair died of natural causes in 2015.
"I was traumatized," Robert James Kuefler told The Associated Press on Saturday. "What would you do?"
Authorities found the bodies on Sept. 20, 2016, after responding to a welfare check, the Star Tribune reports.
The body of Kuefler's mother, Evelyn Lucille Kuefler, was found in an upstairs bedroom and the body of his twin brother, Richard John Kuefler, was found in the basement, the newspaper reports.
"I am not some nut ball. People think I am, but I'm not. I loved them."
Kuefler told police he found his brother dead in a chair in July 2015 and “eventually moved the body to the bathroom as it was ‘in the way,'” the Star Tribune reports, citing a criminal charge.
Then, in August that same year, Kuefler said he knew his mother was dying and didn't want to be around when it happened. So Kuefler told investigators that he drove around for a few hours and returned home to find his mother dead.
"I am not some nut ball," the maintenance worker said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. "People think I am, but I'm not. I loved them."
Hager said authorities decided to charge Kuefler to make sure he gets psychological help through the court system.
"This is our way of introducing this case onto the court," Hager said. "We do believe his actions violated the law. Moving the body of his brother disrupted the death scene."
"We're depending on our partners in the court system to make a good decision," he said.
Kuefler, however, said he doesn't need counseling.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.