Missouri man accused beating father to death with golf club

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) – An eastern Missouri man is accused of beating his father to death with a golf club after the older man tried to stop his son from attacking a woman. Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said 27-year-old Nicholas Smoot was charged Thursday with second-degree murder.

Marshak says 53-year-old Eric Smoot died after his son beat him early Thursday at the family’s home near Hillsboro. He says the father intervened when Nicholas Smoot was assaulting his fiance. Nicholas Smoot
is also charged with armed criminal action and domestic assault.

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