A Pierce County juvenile court judge has found probable cause to detain a 16-year-old Tacoma teen who called 911 and said he killed his father.
Prosecutors on Wednesday had asked for more time to make a charging decision. They have until Friday to file charges.
The medical examiner's office said Wednesday that 49-year-old Richard Salzman died of blunt force injuries to the head. His death was ruled a homicide.
Court documents say the teen called 911 Tuesday and said he had killed his father with a cane the previous Friday after his dad pushed him to the ground. The teen said he put his father's body in a box in the yard at their home.
Investigators found a body in a wooden compost box.
Salzman's wife reported him missing Saturday.