Jason Keel Sweeney was a construction worker from Fishtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who at the age of 16 was murdered by four teenagers for his paycheck on May 30, 2003.
Batzig took the first blow, striking Sweeney in the head 4 to 5 times.
Batzig and the Coia brothers then pummeled Sweeney, primarily on his head and face, with a hatchet, a hammer and a rock until he was dead.
Batzig later told a detective how he hit Sweeney with the hatchet face four or five times.
Batzig said, "Jason started begging for his life, but we just kept hitting him." Before leaving the crime scene, the Coias, Batzig and Morley shared a group hug and split the money, which they used to buy jewelry and illegal drugs—heroin, marijuana and Xanax—and then "partied beyond redemption," according to Domenic.
Domenic Coia confessed in a court hearing that they were all involved in the murder of Sweeney.
The police said the murder was planned days before.