Washington man accused of killing his daughter’s boyfriend
A father in Washington state is accused of killing his daughter’s boyfriend after finding the young man in her room.
49-year-old Charles Heller was charged with second degree murder Monday when he shot and killed 20-year-old Dustyn Hunt in 2019 – after finding out his daughter tried to sneak Hunt into her room, the Seattle Times reported.
Snohomish County prosecutors said 20-year-old Lauryn Heller and her boyfriend sneaked into the family home earlier that day without their parents’ knowledge, but both Charles Heller and his wife told police officers they had their daughter with them hear someone else talk and laugh.
Heller then wrote to his daughter that her guest had to leave by 10:30 p.m., but she didn’t answer and went outside when Hunt was hiding under her bed, Lauryn Heller told authorities.
When Lauryn Heller went back inside, she said she saw her father point a gun at Hunt when he tried to get dressed and only wear his underwear, she told the detectives.
“[Heller’s] The finger was on the trigger the entire time it pointed at the gun, ”the prosecutor wrote in the indictment. “This point was important to Lauryn, and it played a big part of her fear, as her father, who used to be in the military, trained in firearms and had taught her not to put your finger on the trigger if you are not ready to shoot. “
Lauryn Heller then stood between her boyfriend and the gun and told her father to “shoot” her if he opened fire, prosecutors said.
Then Hunt pushed the gun away from his friend and dropped her father on a bed. Charles Heller later told the detectives that he shot Hunt in the shoulder and told his wife to call an ambulance after she put the gun on a kitchen table.
An autopsy revealed that Hunt died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
A Heller attorney did not return a request for comment Monday, the Seattle Times reported.
It is unclear what led to the charges nearly two years later, but sheriff investigators had previously said they would await forensic results on the case, the newspaper reported.
His death was ultimately counted as manslaughter.
Heller admitted to shooting Hunt and said he never thought of beating him or using less lethal methods as he thought the 20-year-old “tried to suffocate him,” the News Tribune reported.
“That’s what I’ve been waiting for,” wrote Hunt’s mother Lisa in the Seattle Times on Monday. “This charge means so much… I began to lose hope of justice. I felt like it was slowly being forgotten and pushed aside. “
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