Only On 12: Accused Son Speaks Out

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, October 25, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga -- A 16-year-old charged with assault for hitting his father with a lead pipe is telling his side of the story only to News 12.

He says his father, Tony Powell, was drinking and driving. That's why he and his brother, 15, were trying to help their father, not hurt him.

"All it was was an accident.".

Powell is at MCG in critical condition after a lead pipe cracked his skull, piercing his brain.

"When you saw your dad what was going through your mind?" we asked the 16-year-old.

"That we hurt him."

But he says that's exactly what he and his brother were trying to prevent. The boys say their father was drinking heavily that day well into the night and they didn't want him to drink and drive.

"I was trying to get him to stay home because all he does when he does that is he hurts everyone around him," says the teenager.

Earlier in the day he says he and his brother threw rocks at the truck, even stood in the road to block it, but his father still took off.

Then, a few hours later, Tony Powell came back down Amarillo Drive to drop off his neighbor, Benjamin Barrett, at home. "He pulled in and I said hey man, they got pipes in their hand, you better watch out," Barrett said. "I went on in the house because I didn't want to get in a confrontation , you know what I'm saying? But it was his own kids, he said, 'They're just mad at me, I might get a black eye but I'll be alright'."

Witnesses say Powell then tore out of Barrett's driveway and headed back to the road. That's when his son threw the pipe to stop him. "When I threw the pole the back of the truck was facing us, but he spun the truck and that's how it hit him."

Now along with possibly losing his father, he's facing criminal charges.

"I just want my dad to be OK. I love him and I'm sorry."

Tony Powell is in very critical condition at MCG. Family members say he is unconscious and under heavy sedation.

If Mr. Powell doesn't make it, investigators say his son, who is now charged as a juvenile, could face additional charges.

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  • by ciara Location: 30814 on Nov 14, 2007 at 03:32 AM
    I know the two boys also, and they would never hurt their father. They were just trying to keep their father away from drinking and driving. They were trying to protect him. I hope every thing is ok in the end. Im praying for that family and especially the two young boys.
  • by Kelly Location: 30906 on Oct 31, 2007 at 08:09 PM
    I know that they were only trying to keep there father off the road I have been around these kids for a while and they would never hurt their father..I have seen them around there father they did nothing but love them...I hope you guys are ok..Even if it turns for the worst I know deep down that it was to keep him off the road..Everything is going to be ok
  • by I Once Was A Victim So I Know How You Feel. Location: U.S.A on Oct 28, 2007 at 07:52 PM
    The kid was proably only tryin 2 scare his dad. He didn't really mean 2 hurt him. He was scared 4 others safety. He knows how his fateher is when he drinks & drive. Maybe you should try 2 see things from his end. You don't live with him so you never know what goes on in his life. I had a parent that drink & drive until it almost took there life away. You shouldn't risk your life for that.
  • by Anonymous Location: 30815 on Oct 27, 2007 at 09:00 PM
    too bad this last poster dont know what hes talkin about, did u not see that it was an accident, **** if ur gonna post at least get all the info. if u cant grasp it lemme know and ill fill ya in since i know everything that happend moron
  • by Unknown on Oct 26, 2007 at 07:16 PM
    You're in big trouble kid! You might need anger management classes.
  • by crcj Location: augusta on Oct 26, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    To bad his dad isn't able to say his side.
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