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

Posted July 27, 2010 4:52 p.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2010 5:39 p.m. EDT

— 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.