Murder suspect dies

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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Arlie Wilkerson, 82, the man charged with murdering his son earlier this year, has died. According to Adam Carter, Morgan County Coroner, Wilkerson died on October 29, but the cause of death has not yet been determined. “We haven’t received the death certificate yet,” said Carter.

Wilkerson was indicted for the murder in June by a Morgan County Grand Jury. In March, Wilkerson was charged with fatally shooting his son, Bryan David Wilkerson, 54, after confessing to firing six shots into his son as he slept at their shared home in Rutledge.

Wilkerson, who was a decorated Korean War veteran and wheelchair-bound at the time of his son’s death, called the police himself on the morning of March 11 to confess to killing a man inside his home. Police later discovered it was Wilkerson’s own son. Police recovered an empty .22 caliber revolver from inside the home and found Bryan David Wilkerson dead in his bed, shot six times with the pistol while he slept. Arlie Wilkerson alleged abuse as his reason for shooting his son, claiming Bryan David Wilkerson was mistreating his wife, Frances Wilkerson, Bryan’s own mother.

On March 23, Morgan County Superior Court Judge Allison Burleson agreed to temporarily send Arlie Wilkerson to an undisclosed nursing home in lieu of jail, until mental competency evaluations were completed. Wilkerson died before any further progress on the case emerged. Wilkerson’s attorney, Brad Evans, could not be reached for comment by press time, nor could Assistant District Attorney Jeff Burks.

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