MONTGOMERY MURDER: 'Best idea I could come up with' - KMSP-TV

MONTGOMERY MURDER: 'Best idea I could come up with'

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An 18-year-old from Montgomery, Minn. was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder for the deadly shooting of his father in the small farmhouse they shared.

47-year-old Richard Nelson was found dead Monday night from a gunshot wound to the head at the family's home on Le Sueur Avenue. The 911 call was made by his son, Jonas Nelson – the same person who pulled the trigger, according to the criminal complaint.

Nelson's parents divorced when he was 14, and he went to live with his maternal grandparents. But a few months ago, he moved back in with his father. He told police his dad had been acting more like a probation officer than a father and said he "can be very harsh when he wants to be."

Nelson told police he has never been driven to rage in his life but "he just snapped" in response to the way his dad had been treating him.

Nelson explained that when he came downstairs to get some water, he noticed his dad sleeping on the floor. Nelson grabbed a bolt action 300 rifle from the gun cabinet and "took his time" walking into the living room, where he fired two shots into his dad's head.

"It was the best idea I could come up with," he told police.

Nelson said he stood in the room and looked at his dad's body for about 5 minutes before stepping outside to call 911. He said the murder made him feel "somewhat relieved he would not have to deal with him anymore."

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