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Iowa man who sued son over wife’s death attacked by 2nd son

July 3, 2020 GMT

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who successfully sued one of his sons for the shooting death of his wife has been assaulted by his other son, police said.

Billy Dean Carter, 55, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assaulting his father, 74-year-old Bill Carter, the Des Moines Register reported. Police said the younger Carter knocked his father to the ground and kicked him twice on a road near the elder father’s home following an argument. A passerby found Bill Carter lying on the side of the road around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

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An arrest affidavit says Billy Carter told Marion County sheriff’s deputies he had left his father’s home on foot after an argument, then attacked his father after the older man later approached him in a truck.

In 2017, a jury ordered another of Bill Carter’s sons, Jason Carter, to pay $10 million to the estate of of his mother, 68-year-old Shirley, who died in 2015 from two gunshot wounds fired by a rifle. Bill Carter had claimed in the lawsuit that Jason killed his mother to gain access to his parents’ assets.

In 2019, Jason Carter was acquitted of murder in his mother’s death, but the jury verdict in the civil case was allowed to stand.