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Man arrested for the murder of his father

David Allen Stanton, 45, of Watkinsville, was arrested Tuesday for felony murder after his disabled father, Arthur Kenneth Stanton, 63, died at the hospital following an investigation of neglect.

On Dec. 27, deputies responded to an Old Mars Hill Road address to assist EMS after it was reported that Arthur had difficulty breathing, Oconee Sheriff James Hale stated in a press release Tuesday.

“They found Arthur Kenneth Stanton in extreme medical distress,” according to the public statement. “He required immediate medical transport to the hospital during which CPR had to be administered…[ Arthur] had not been cared for properly for an extended period of time due to his physical condition and the soiled state of his bed and surrounding area.”

Arthur died on Dec. 28 at St. Mary’s Hospital “as a result of the negligent care he received from his son,” according to the Sheriff’s Office press release.

David Allen Stanton

David Allen Stanton

Hale told The Oconee Enterprise Tuesday night that he does not know the official cause of death and is unsure if an autopsy will be conducted. David had been arrested prior to his father’s death on charges of neglect to a disabled adult/elderly person and reckless conduct. On Jan. 2, David was served a warrant charging him with felony murder.

Hale explained that Georgia’s judicial system does not include charges of first or second-degree murder. Instead, Georgia has malice murder and felony murder in addition to manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges.

Malice murder typically involves an intent to kill, whereas felony murder involves committing a crime that results in the death of person, regardless of intent, Hale said.

Hale said an example of felony murder is the RaceTrac killing case. Defendant Ahkil Crumpton will face trial this year for state charges of felony murder. It was revealed during the federal trial last year that the killing of gas station clerk Elijah Wood was not premeditated.

In the death of Arthur Kenneth Stanton, another person, Sandra Dee Bass, 61, of Watkinsville, was charged with one count of neglect to a disabled adult, elderly person, or resident.

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