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85-Year-Old Man to be Charged with Killing his 30-Year-Old Grandson


August 12, 2013


Eighty-five-year-old John Watkins will be charged later today with this morning’s fatal shooting of his grandson inside the family’s townhome at 3401 Anderson Road.
Watkins’ wife telephoned police at 5:52 a.m. to report the shooting.  Responding officers found Ben Phillips, 30, dead in his bedroom as the result of a gunshot wound to his head.
In an interview with Detective Johnny Crumby, Watkins admitted to shooting Phillips as he slept.  Watkins said that Phillips was constantly threatening him and his wife as well as causing problems in the home.

Ben Phillips