Monday, September 29, 2008

Austin Dad Charged with Shooting Son

The seasons are definitely changing here in Austin. Communities are gathering for the local high school games on Friday nights and the Longhorns provide outstanding performances every Saturday (up to number five in the polls!). The promise of cooler weather can be seen on the evening forecasts. Halloween candy and costumes line the shelves of every store, soon to be replaced with fruitcakes and shiny ornaments. The point is that the holiday season will be here before we know it. And, I know that this festive time of year also comes with more than its share of family stress. If the level of discord amongst those perched on your family tree reaches anything close that found with the Wolters clan, may I suggest some group therapy before you even think about carving a turkey.

Austin resident David Carlton Wolters has been charged with shooting his adult son, Christopher Wolters, in the chest and upper shoulder. The younger Wolters is listed in serious condition at University Medical Center. What possible reason could father have for firing bullets into his own son? Apparently, the injured Mr. Wolters was attempting to stab his brother with a knife when dear dad intervened. It seems that violence occurs both within and between generations in the Wolters family.

These acts of violence occurred around 4:00am on Sunday morning at David Wolters' Austin home. As an attorney with years of experience, please allow me to share this piece of advice -- try not to be around people with whom you have a disagreement (shared genetic material or not) in the wee hours of the morning. Judgment tends not to be its strongest at this time and violence often ensues. In this instance, David Wolters is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a second degree felony.

Have long-held sibling rivalries exploded into an evening of violence? Have you been accused of harassment by a cousin who never really liked you? At Bertolino LLP, we have criminal defense attorneys ready to fight aggressively for you in court. If you find yourself in an unfortunate legal situation, please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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