(WMC) - A 15-year-old is under arrest and charged with murder in the beating death of a 78-year-old man who was sitting in a city park.
"I always had hope and faith that they would catch the person," Johnny Hurley Jr. said.
Hurley Jr. wants his father's death brought to justice.
Homicide investigators arrested 15-year-old Alzavious Turner on Monday evening. He is charged with first-degree murder. The teen is currently in juvenile court custody.
"I shed tears of joy, you know. It was wonderful news," Hurley Jr. said.
On March 21, 2014, months after being attacked, Johnny Hurley Senior died.
Police say on October 27, 2013, then 14-year-old Alzavious Turner tried to rob Hurley Senior. At some point during the robbery in Glenview park, the teen escalated his attack. He beat the man and left him for dead.
Crime Stopper tips led police to the teen.
His mother refused to comment as she left juvenile court Tuesday.
Turner told police he was "just trying to get some money." He says he punched the man several times in the head, went through his pockets, found no money, and left him there."
The boy's lawyer says there is no evidence, besides Turner's confession, linking him to the crime.
"Police get a 14-15-year-old kid down there and they can make him say anything," Turner's lawyer said.
"This little punk that was responsible for my father's death, don't know anything about him or what he stood for," Hurley Jr. said. "My daddy was a special man."