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Teen accused of killing father with spear

November 20, 2019

TERRYTOWN, La. (AP) — A 14-year-old Louisiana boy is accused of killing his 50-year-old father with a spear.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto says the boy is in custody, facing a charge of second-degree murder.

Authorities have not released the victim’s name. He was pronounced dead Wednesday at their home in Terrytown.

News outlets report the sheriff’s office says the boy called 911 shortly after 9 a.m. to report that he had stabbed his father. When deputies arrived they found the man lying near the front door with multiple wounds. Crime scene technicians recovered a long, black spear and baseball bat from a garbage can.

Lopinto did not say what may have led to the violence, though he noted that boy may be suffering from mental illness.

Investigators are working to determine a motive.