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Festus Man Behind Bars After Allegedly Shooting, Killing His Father

A Festus man is behind bars after he allegedly shot and killed his father Saturday morning in their family home in the 1700 block of Burley Road, south of Festus.

42-year-old Nathan Schweppe has been charged with Murder in the 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action and Domestic Assault in the 1st Degree for the death of 73-year-old Henry Schweppe.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell, the shooting took place around 8:25 Saturday morning.

Deputies arrived at the residence shortly after the 9-1-1 call was made and began assessing the scene.

Authorities say it’s still unknown why the son began attacking and ultimately killing his father.

Nathan Schweppe is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on a $750,000 cash-only bond.

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