• Son accused in father's fatal shooting calls him 'best friend'

    By: Mark Becker

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A house on Raintree Lane was locked up tightly Monday afternoon, just two days after police answered an assault call early Saturday morning and found 56-year-old William Hale dead.

    His son, Charles Hale, 23, told police and told Channel  that he had shot his father in self-defense.
                       
    Police said they are waiting for the district attorney's office to decide if Charles Hale will be charged in the case.

    IMAGES: CMPD investigating homicide involving father, son in south Charlotte

    A prosecutor said Monday they will wait for police to gather evidence in the case and that decision could take several weeks.

    On Monday afternoon, Hale said on phone that he does not want to discuss what happened, except to say that his father was his best friend.

    But neighbors said that there were plenty of signs of trouble at the house over the years, and court records show that in 2012 Charles Hale was charged with shooting a .22 rifle into a neighbor's house.

    Man claims self-defense in shooting that killed father

    Records show he plead guilty to a charge of injury to personal property. He was put on probation, and ordered not to possess any weapons.
                       
    In May 2014, he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon when he allegedly rammed his truck into a woman's car and then began to yell and curse at her.  

    Hale disputed that account and said he is not guilty.  He has a court date set on that charge later in October.

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