HOPE, Ind. – A man in Hope suffered from dementia when he stabbed his son to death and beat his wife, according to court documents.
James Mee, 77, faces preliminary charges of murder and domestic battery. He is accused of killing his son, Charles Mee, 50, and of beating his wife, Barbara Mee, 78.
The investigation into the murder began on January 7 at approximately 6:40 a.m. after dispatchers received a call to Charles from 911.
He said to the dispatchers, “My father stabbed me in the throat.” He became numb shortly after.
Hope Police Chief Matthew Tallent was the first person to arrive at Block 200 Scott Street. Tallent is Charles ‘cousin and James’ nephew.
He found Charles seated in a reclining chair suffering from serious injuries. Doctors transported him to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead soon after.
The second person to arrive was a volunteer from the Hope Fire Department. He saw James walking down the aisle with a broken stick. He asked James, “What’s going on?” And he said James said, “He’s in there … I stabbed him … he died … I probably killed him.”
Tallent handcuffed James and a deputy sheriff took two knives from his pockets.
James told the MP that he and his wife were held hostage by a man and a woman, and that someone threw him to the ground and injured his back.
He was taken to hospital with Barbara, who was also injured in the incident.
The police interrogated Barbara at the hospital. She said James told her that he stabbed their son. When she went to see him, she said that James had beaten her. She added, “James is a sick man. He is ill. He didn’t know what he was doing. “
Other family members have also reported that James suffered from dementia and signs of paranoia directed in particular at Charles and Barbara.
James was arrested and imprisoned in the county jail.
A coroner confirmed that the cause of death for Charles was a combination of a deep neck injury and a blunt head trauma.