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Tacoma man arrested for allegedly beating father to death

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 25, 2012 at 10:23 am |
October 25, 2012 12:32 pm

A Tacoma man turned himself in this morning for allegedly killing his father, police said.

The 29-year-old man, accompanied by his sister, walked to the Pierce County Jail about 4 a.m. and told corrections officers what he had done. He was booked on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Officers went to the family’s home at North 9th Street and Union Avenue and found the 56-year-old father’s body in his bedroom. He appeared to have died from blunt force trauma, police said.

Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said there wasn’t an argument between father and son before the slaying. The father was possibly sleeping or had just woken up.

The mother wasn’t home at the time but the sister, who was visiting, was in the house.

The son, who The News Tribune is not naming because he has not yet been charged with a crime, was ordered to Western State Hospital in August 2011 after a judge determined he was incompetent to stand trial for first-degree robbery and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

It’s unclear when he was released from Western State.

Pierce County prosecutors charged him after an Aug. 24, 2010, incident at a Tacoma car dealership. Charging papers say he got the keys to test drive a Jeep Wrangler but locked the doors when the salesman tried to get in the passenger seat.

He allegedly tried to run the salesman down twice as he drove off the lot.

Police later pulled the man over in the stolen Jeep. He stood on the driver’s seat and claimed he was in line with the Illuminati and had taken the car “for the people,” according to court documents.

Officers had to use a Taser on him to control him.

After being evaluated by a psychiatrist, the man was deemed incompetent to stand trial. The doctor noted the man had a history of “dangerous life threatening behavior” and despite treatment, suffered from paranoid delusions about the Illuminati.

“He is likely to act on these beliefs again,” the doctor wrote in his evaluation. “He should not be released from jail absent an evaluation…”

A neighbor told KIRO-TV that the son would stand on the roof of the family’s home, howling and yelling about war and the president. Another neighbor said he is shocked but not surprised by the attack.

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