Kansas man charged in shooting death of his 25-year-old son

PARSONS, Kansas (AP) – A southeast Kansas man has been charged with killing his 25-year-old son after an argument.

The Parsons Sun reports that 56-year-old Jeffery M. Patton made his first court appearance Tuesday in Labette County District. He is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Preston Patton.

The son was dead and his father was suffering from head injuries when police and emergency workers responded Sunday night to a 911 call at a Parsons home.

Jeff Patton told District Judge Robert Fleming that he was working and that he planned to hire an attorney; he just needed to get the cash together. He didn’t give the attorney’s name. He also said his son had been living with him.

Fleming set bond at $500,000.

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