Charges dropped in Kilbourn father's death

Friday, September 14, 2012
Wesley Kilbourn

GREEN FOREST -- Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Rogers has decided to drop all charges against a Green Forest teen-ager in connection with the death of his father.

Wesley Kilbourn, 19, was arrested July 21 after the accidental death of 55-year-old Rodney Kilbourn; he had been charged with manslaughter.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, concluding that Kilbourn had died of bleeding between the brain and its protective membrane "due to blunt force injury of the head."

Rogers said this injury likely occurred when Kilbourn struck his head on a bathtub or another surface's edge after being hit by his son. The two men had been involved in a fight the night of the death.

There were no witnesses to the altercation. However, the younger Kilbourn told investigators his father had been the aggressor.

Rogers concluded he had acted in self-defense, without intent to kill.

"He did not use deadly force," Rogers said.

The Kilbourn family had asked Rogers not to press charges from the beginning.

Speaking this week, Wesley's mother, Tammy, said she was glad for the ordeal to be over.

"It was an accident," she said. "Wesley loves his dad. It just should have never happened."

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