A 29-year-old Macon man is in custody accused of killing his father in a domestic dispute shortly after 6 a.m. this morning.
Jessie James Jr., 76, was pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Central Georgia just before 7 a.m., said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
James died of blunt force laceration when his neck was slit in the family home at 3943 Gadson Drive, which runs between Log Cabin Drive and Bloomfield Road, Jones said.
Jessie James III originally left the house but was arrested after he returned while crime scene investigators were gathering evidence, according to a news release from the Macon Police Department.
"They've been trying to get this kid some help. That's what his momma said," Jones said. "This is sure enough sad."
Neighbor Richard Bowman, 43, said he first learned of the killing when he got home from work shortly after 7:30 a.m.
"The dad was a real good guy, as far as I know," Bowman said. "He will really be missed."
Bowman said he believed the elder James was retired from the military and drove a tour bus on occasion. James and his wife were often out working in their well-manicured yard. Bowman grew up across the street from the James family in a close-knit community where street football was once a common activity.
A few years ago the father asked Bowman to talk to his son when the younger men lived in the same apartment complex near Macon State College.
"I don't want to bad mouth anybody. We all have our share of problems," Bowman said. "I'd see him out from time to time, but I didn't think it would come to this."
Bowman said he never learned the nature of the elder James' concerns about his son, but the violent killing came as a shock.
"It just does something to me," he said. "You read about things happening and you go on but you never think it can happen close to home."
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