97-Year-Old Man Charged with Killing Granddaughter

Dec 7, 2013

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CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — A 97-year-old Cushing man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his granddaughter.

Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee filed the murder charge Friday against Russell Eugene Dawes for the Thursday shooting death of Sonja James

Dawes was being held in the Payne County jail and court records do not list an attorney for him.

An affidavit filed in the case says Dawes told a deputy at the scene that he shot James because he was "tired of her carrying on."

The affidavit says Dawes called a Cushing funeral home director shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday to help with a dead body, then told the man when he arrived that he had shot the girl. The funeral director then called authorities.