Adam Dees told his father he didn't steal the credit cards, belonging to the victims of the Foothills murders, that he is accused of using at several Boise stores and a restaurant.
"He told us he found those cards," Steve Dees said during a brief telephone conversation Thursday with the Idaho Statesman.
Adam Dees was arraigned Thursday in 4th District Court in Boise after being charged with three counts of grand theft and three counts of forgery. The charges stem from his alleged use of the credit cards belonging to at least two of the murder victims. Investigators have not determined whether he was involved in the killings, Sheriff Gary Raney said Thursday.
Theodore, Delores and Thomas Welp were killed sometime between Sunday evening and late morning Tuesday, when their bodies were found.
Steve Dees described his 22-year-old son as a "good kid," who did "something stupid" in using the stolen credit cards. He said he did not believe his son would commit a violent crime.
"I don't think he had anything to do with those murders," Steve Dees said.
Adam Dees was cited last October in an unrelated case for battery and vandalism at a Walmart gas station on Franklin Boulevard in Nampa. The reason for a charges isn't clear in his misdemeanor citation.
The battery case is ongoing in Canyon County Court. A status conference is scheduled in that case on March 31, with trail scheduled Apirl 15.
Dees has little Idaho court history beyond the battery case - largely traffic citations, a fact noted by his defense attorney, Isaiah Govia, in arguing Thursday for bond lower than the $2 million set by 4th District Magistrate Theresa Gardunia.
Dees and two roommates resided at a home in the 1700 block of North Cody Drive in Nampa for nearly two years. The owners of the rental house, who use a property management company to take care of tenants, said they had never met Dees.