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Dad won't face charges in son's shooting death

Posted July 27, 2010

— A Raleigh man who investigators say fatally shot his adult son last month won't face charges, a Wake County prosecutor said Tuesday.

Deputies responding to a 911 call early June 27 found Benjamin Lloyd Hamilton dead inside his parents' home, at 5628 Windlake Road in Raleigh.

“He acted in his own self-defense and the defense of his wife,” Deputy District Attorney Howard Cummings said Tuesday.

Search warrants indicate that Hamilton, 29, backed his parents into a corner of their home before his father, Linwood Hamilton, shot him. Linwood Hamilton told investigators that his son had a history of violence and had threatened him and his wife on other occasions.

Arrest records indicate that Benjamin Hamilton had been arrested a month earlier on felony breaking and entering charges at the home, as well as a number of other charges, including communicating threats.


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  • BEACH Jul 28, 2010

    Praying for that Father, he has to live with he shot his son. No matter what he loved him son. He probably saved lives in the future.

  • Vietnam Vet Jul 28, 2010

    I cannot imagine what this father is going through having to take his son's life. No parent wants to outlive their child!Certainly a troubled child. I am glad that this man had the courage and will to protect both his life and that of his wife, although I'm sure that this incident will remain with them for the rest of their lives. I wish them well!

  • BigUNCFan Jul 28, 2010

    This man probably saved the lives of at least one or more people further down the road as the child would certainly have hurt or killed someone in future years. It is a hard thing he did but he probably saved lives and time of law enforcement.

  • just my2cents Jul 28, 2010

    Glad that this part is behind them, but what the man had to do for his and his wife's protection will never leave them. Poor folks, I can not even imagine.

  • domotamasi Jul 28, 2010

    Some of the posters need to get a grip with reality. This story is about domestic violence and goes way beyond the parents trying to change the behavior of an errant child. The will to survive is very strong in all of us and very few people if any would chose to have their child kill them without a fight even if it results in the death of the adult child. ( I use the word child here to indicate an offspring) Having had parents who locked themselves into their bedroom at night in fear of a child puts a real face on this story. No one should ever have to make the choice of themselves or their child.

  • whocares Jul 28, 2010

    I am so glad that the father will not be charged. I am sure that he did what he had to do, but I am bet that he and his wife have often thought, before and since the incident, about the little boy he used to be before he turned into someone that they didn't know or want to know.

  • rebecca7 Jul 28, 2010

    The comment "Good" was in reference to the father not being charged. What good would it do to charge him?? He has had to bury his own son, by his own hand - and I know, KNOW - that he never in a million years would have EVER wanted to have to do that. So yes, GOOD that he didn't get charged. He was defending his and his wife's life. So yes, I stick with "Good" as my reaction to no charges being filed. Apparently, the Wake Co. Sheriff's department agrees with me.

  • tarheel4life Jul 28, 2010

    "Outstanding!, one more point for the self-defense team"

    Yay!!! Outstanding a father had to kill his own child!! Yay! Outstanding! Celebrate!


    " put aside your political ideology and realize that there is nothing good about this."

  • Desiderata Jul 28, 2010

    Prayers for the parents to find peace for themselves...HEARTLESS.. are you REALLY as stupid as youu sound?????????

  • lalaloo Jul 28, 2010

    There is nothing remotely "good" about this situation.

    Sure there is, the Father does not have to go through a trial for what was a horrible act of self defense. That is the one 'good" thing about the entire situation.