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Alleged Killer Claims Son Lunged at Him

(LaPorte, IN) - A LaPorte County man is accused of fatally shooting his son. Jason Wetzel is charged with murder. It happened three days ago at a home in the Wanatah area. According to court documents, 33-year-old Jeremiah Wetzel was shot in the stomach and back.


Authorities say Wetzel claimed there was an altercation between himself and his son after they had been drinking for much of the day. Wetzel told police he had his finger on the trigger when his son lunged at him. However, according to court documents, the autopsy found no evidence of

a struggle. 


The autopsy also revealed the shots were fired at a distance greater than two feet. Wetzel was being held in the LaPorte County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

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