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Tampa man charged in father's shooting death

TAMPA — Authorities have charged a 22-year-old Tampa man in the shooting death of his father last month.

On Feb. 28, the mother of Dametrius Edwards, 43, found him dead in his bedroom. He had been shot in the head, deputies say.

Authorities soon suspected Edwards' son, Dametrious Edwards Jr., 22, who lived with his father at an apartment near the intersection of 56th Street and Sligh Avenue. The younger Edwards was missing, and so was his truck.

The next day, deputies arrested him on outstanding warrants and booked him into jail.

That's where he was Wednesday, when officials added a homicide charge.

Family members say they have worried about the younger Edwards' mental health for years. He was his father's only son, and they had a good relationship until the boy became a teenager. He grew distant and told relatives his phones were tapped and police were following him.

He has been arrested in the past on vehicle theft, battery, burglary and trespassing charges, state records show.

The elder man's sister, Nikki Felton, said she told her brother to distrust his son, but he didn't listen. He wanted to help his son, she said.

Tampa man charged in father's shooting death 03/06/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 9:12pm]
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