Father dies, sons could face murder charges

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 29, 2007

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- A father hit in the head with a tent pole died today. Now his sons could face murder charges.

Coroner Grover Tuten says Tony Powell Senior died this morning around 5 am.

Now, Richmond County Investigators are consulting with District Attorney Danny Craig to determine if the pole was thrown by accident, or on purpose.

The incident happened last Tuesday night near the family's Hephzibah home. Powell's family says he was dropping off a neighbor at his home across the street, and once he was back at the road, investigators say his sons met him with the lightweight tent poles.

The 15 year old and the 16 year old son have maintained all along that this was a freak accident. The 16 year old is the only one charged so far in the case, he's facing aggravated assault charges as a juvenile.

Last week, the 16 year old spoke exclusively with News 12. See his story here. "All it was was an accident. When I threw the pole the back of the truck was facing us and then he spun the truck around and that's how it hit him. I just wanted my dad to be okay. I love him and I'm sorry."

An autopsy was preformed on Tony Powell Senior this morning at the crime lab. Investigators have not released an exact time frame when to expect more charges to be filed, if any.

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