Father cleared in slaying of 17-year-old son

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A 64-year-old Flint-area man has been cleared in the shooting death of his 17-year-old son in their Clayton Township home.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says in a release Wednesday that the man's actions "were legally justified."

Police were called to the home, about 10 miles west of Flint, on Feb. 3 after the teenager was shot once in the abdomen with a handgun. The shooting occurred after the man saw his son punching the teen's mother and sister. The teen's father is a double-amputee who uses a wheelchair.

Leyton says he believes "the father did what he needed to do to protect himself and his wife and daughter."

The prosecutor also points out that the 17-year-old had a lengthy juvenile court history that included violent confrontations with family members.

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