Father charged with manslaughter after son dies from gunshot wound

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 4:00pm

A father is behind bars for manslaughter after he shot his son during an altercation.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident occurred on Feb. 13 shortly before 9:30 p.m. We’re told Leroy Wilkerson, 62, was involved in an argument with his son, Aswan Wilkerson, 35, at the residence they shared on Samuels Road.

Officials say Aswan physically attacked his father. After that, Leroy went inside the home and grabbed a pistol. Investigators believe he accidentally shot Aswan in the leg.

Aswan was transported to the hospital and his father was arrested and originally charged for Attempted Manslaughter. However, Aswan died on Feb. 18 as a result of his injury. Leroy’s charges were upgraded to Manslaughter.

Leroy Wilkerson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.


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