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    Festus father shoots, kills son (Preston Alexander, 29) after he allegedly choked mother inside home

    FESTUS, Mo. ( -- An attack between an intoxicated son and his mother lead to a deadly shooting inside a home in Festus Sunday, police told News 4 Tuesday.

    Police identified the deceased as 29-year-old Preston Alexander Tuesday afternoon.

    According to police, Alexander, who police say was intoxicated at the time, got into an argument with his 59-year-old mother just before 4 a.m. inside the home in the 100 block of Olive Street.

    During the argument, Alexander reportedly attacked his mother and began strangling her.

    That's when police said Alexander's 63-year-old father picked up his handgun and struck him on the head with the butt of the gun after witnessing the attack. Police said Alexander jumped up and tossed his dad to the floor.

    While his father was on the ground, Alexander climbed on top of him and shouted "You messed up now. I'm going to kill you.", police said.

    Alexander reportedly began to strangle his dad who then fired his gun, ultimately killing his son.

    Investigators brought the 63-year-old man in for questioning but he released later.

    No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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    Kid got what he deserved. Too bad his parents are left traumatized.
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    Well... Not much to say about this. Glad that the parents are OK... Well as ok as you can be when you have to kill your own son to keep him from killing you.

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    He was a serious weightlifter too, and Dad was 63 so yeah, a bullet is probably the only thing that would have stopped him.

    I notice this is from a year ago (49 week old RIPs on his FB page). So I checked to see if the father was ever charged. It doesn't look like he was, but I found this interesting article from nine years ago. Preston suffered from lead poisoning and the family was part of a class action $38.5 mil lawsuit against Herculaneum. Preston was one of 16 defendants and he was awarded $2.5 mil. Article here, from 29 July 2011:

    ST. LOUIS ? They were not in court when the $38.5 million verdict was read aloud, when their years of waiting finally ended, when the guilt they felt as parents about what happened to their youngest son at last began to ease.

    Chester and Melissa Alexander had to work Thursday ? he at a shoe store, she as a housekeeper. Whenever they could, at least once a week, the husband and wife had made the drive up from Jefferson County and sat in the St. Louis Circuit courtroom for a trial that lasted for three long months.

    They heard experts on both sides pointing fingers of blame. Sitting on the courtroom's wood benches, they sometimes felt those fingers were aimed at them.

    But the Alexanders were not there when a jury of six men and six women finally said it was not their fault that their son Preston suffered lead poisoning so severe that his IQ and concentration were affected, saddling him with lifelong consequences.

    Instead, the jury decided, it was the negligence of three former owners of the massive lead smelter in Herculaneum. The owners had known about the problem of lead dust, a neurotoxin, and failed to take action, the jury ruled. The Alexanders had lived across the street from the plant for almost two decades. Chester Alexander had worked at the smelter for 18 years.

    As he heard for the first time Thursday about the verdict in favor of his son and 15 other people who grew up in the smelter's shadow, Chester Alexander choked up. The verdict was only for compensation of injuries such as lost earning capacity. The jury also found the smelter's former owners liable for punitive damages, and a hearing on those is set for today.


    And he said the injuries suffered in this case were all cognitive. No one had died from the lead. No one got cancer. The plaintiffs claimed to have suffered lost IQ points, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and asthma. Quinn said the connection between these ailments and lead was doubtful.

    "You've got to take a careful look at them," Quinn said.

    Even the descriptions of the plaintiffs differed with the attorneys.

    Preston Alexander, now 22, failed to make it through community college, and a co-worker says that sometimes it's as if Preston is not there, attorney Bronson told the jury. Preston was diagnosed with ADHD and asthma. He lost three to six IQ points from the lead. His lost earning capacity has been calculated at up to $1.5 million.

    Quinn cast Preston in a different light. He noted that Preston's 2.7 high school grade point average was better than his parents' in high school. Preston was a good athlete. He worked as an union apprentice until he was laid off. "I think this is a man who understands things need to be done," Quinn said.

    The case went to the jury on Tuesday afternoon. A day and a half later, the verdict was in.

    Judge Dennis Schaumann had 16 separate verdicts to read, one for each of the plaintiffs. He looked over the vast pile of paperwork, apologizing for the delay, saying he was not trying to build suspense. The verdicts were unanimously for the plaintiffs, against every one of the defendants, for compensatory and punitive damages.

    The plaintiffs ranged in age from 11 to 26. They were awarded amounts ranging from $1.25 million each to more than $3 million.

    The judge began with Verdict A. It was for Preston Alexander, for $2,511,425.

    Most important to his parents, they were not to blame.
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    Hmm, that's rather interesting.

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