Ft. Pierce man, 64, charged in son's death


Published: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 11:53 p.m.
FORT PIERCE - A pawn shop owner who blamed the shooting deaths of his son and nephew on a home intruder was charged in the deaths.
Henry Brunson, 64, was being held without bond Sunday on two counts of murder. Police said the men were killed two or three hours apart and had been dead several hours when Brunson called 911 late Friday.
Brunson couldn't explain what happened when interviewed by police at his home. But he later told investigators his son, Henry Brunson Jr., 42, and nephew James McDuffie, 43, stopped by to see him and an unknown intruder entered the house and shot the victims during a struggle, a police report said.
Brunson said he ran outside to escape being shot.
But a witness, Willie Jones, said Brunson phoned him and asked him to come over because he had just shot two home invaders, police said.
The son and nephew were both holding steak knives when their bodies were found, police said. The men's hands were bloody, but the knives had no blood on them, police said.
The first officers to arrive saw the son's body on the kitchen floor with gunshot wounds in his chest and hip. Brunson then led them to his nephew, who was shot in the head. His body was in the bathtub.
Brunson told police that he owned a handgun but didn't know where it was.
Neighbors said Brunson kept an eye on people's houses when they were away and hosted Bible study groups.
Brunson was the owner of O Henry's Pawn Shop in Fort Pierce and, according to state records, has a lengthy criminal history dating back the 1950s with arrests for assault and weapons violations.

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