A man was recently booked into jail on serious charges in connection with the death of his father on the morning of Jan. 11, according to local law enforcement. Nevada police arrested a 22-year-old man and charged him with the murder of his 54-year-old father. As of this report, the victim has not been identified publicly by police.
According to the police report, officers arrived at the scene around 11:40 a.m. They discovered the 54-year-old victim dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Police say there was no history of domestic dispute calls at this address, but that three people were home at the time of the shooting, presumably including the suspect.
The 22-year-old was arrested under suspicion of murder and was summarily taken to jail. It is unclear if he remains in police custody at this time, or if he is free on bail. No court date has yet been publicly announced in this case. Police are believed to still be investigating the tragic event.
Murder charges are obviously very serious allegations for anyone, particularly when one family member is accused of killing another. Depending on the specifics of the case, the charge of murder will likely be fleshed out as the Nevada police investigation continues, and upgraded or downgraded based on what they learn about the events precipitating the alleged shooting. However, the burden of proof will be on them to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the man shot his father intentionally while in possession of his faculties. Otherwise the charge could be downgraded to manslaughter or even dropped altogether.
Source: lasvegassun.com, “Man, 22, arrested in shooting death of father in Henderson“, Pashtana Usufzy, Jan. 11, 2016