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Martinsville Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Son
Updated May 20, 2016 6:53 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(MARTINSVILLE) - David Carrender of Martinsville pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to killing his son Wyatt Carrender.

Carrender admitted to killing 19-year-old Wyatt during an argument. The incident happened on October 13, 2013. The argument began over a football game.

The argument began at a Buffalo Wild Wings on Indianapolis' Far Southside, where the father and son were watching the game with relatives, and continued as the two drove back to their home in the 6600 block of Crooked Creek Drive in Martinsville.

After they got to the house, court records say, Wyatt locked his father out because he had threatened to kill everyone. David Carrender's girlfriend at that time later let Carrender in. The fight escalated and, at one point, Wyatt head-butted his father while they were arguing in the stairway, causing him to fall down the stairs, court records say.

David Carrender later followed his son to his bedroom upstairs. Sabrina Canfield, Wyatt's girlfriend, was in the bedroom and witnessed the shooting, court records say. She told police David Carrender fired one shot, striking Wyatt in the chest, then continued firing as he inched closer. Wyatt was shot six times, twice while standing up and four times after falling to the floor. One of the shots to the chest was fatal.

Carreneder agreed to plead guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon, a class A felony. Carrender's plea agreement calls for a cap of 25 years to serve, the time to be determined by the judge. Carrender will be formally sentenced 8 a.m. June 14.

A juror's misconduct resulted in a mistrial in the case of a Morgan County man who was accused of shooting his 19-year-old son to death.

David Carrender had been convicted in the October 2013 death of his son in April but the verdict was overturned after one of the jurors admitted that she violated the judge's orders by reading news stories about the case in the middle of the trial. The verdict was rendered invalid.



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