DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - New details reveal years of turmoil in a Dinwiddie family. Now, James Faison is in jail, accused of killing his own father, Irvin Faison. Those close to both the suspect and the victim are opening up about the family's rocky past.
Dinwiddie courts granted two separate protective orders against the victim before tragedy ever unfolded.
"Irvin butted me in the nose and told me if I told, he would break every bone in my body and every tooth in my mouth," teenage murder suspect James Faison, 18, wrote about his own father, Irvin Faison. It led the court to grant his request for a protective order.
Not even a year after it expired, police say James and killed his father Tuesday afternoon. The teen was not living with his father at the time.
Relatives say the shooting happened in the living room where James Faison lived with his grandmother, Irvin Faison's mother.
"He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed to have it or if he saw someone broke down on the side of the road or in need. He would go out of his way to help people," said Michael Baumgras, still coming to terms with his brother's death.
Baumgras says he doesn't know what led up to the shooting, but James Faison's mother's brother is now rushing to the teenager's defense.
"It's not something that he wanted to do, but he had told several times he was going to protect himself and his family if Irvin was going to come and hurt any of them," said a man who only wanted to be identified as Daniel.
Therapist Pamela Waitkus says while she doesn't know the specifics of this case, she counsels families in conflict so the circumstances don't end in tragedy.
"Clearly if anybody is getting escalated, so they're getting really overwhelmed with emotion, starting to say things they're going to regret, anger starting to emerge, I think it's always a good idea to halt the conversation, step away from it," Waitkus said.
"They had been getting along pretty good. They had a few words here and there but nothing would ever come of it…It's just really hard to be talking about this," Baumgras said.
Two years before those protective orders, the victim was ordered to serve a month in jail due to misdemeanor assault against his son. Still, investigators say they have probable cause to charge the teenager with murder. The suspect is set to appear in court Thursday afternoon.