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Charges Filed in Connection with Weakley County Double Homicide

WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. - Murder charges have been filed against a Weakley County man accused of killing his father and a neighbor, Wednesday.

According to the Weakley County Sheriff's Department, Eric McAlister, 40, of Greenfield, is charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder. Investigators believe he struck and killed his father, 61-year-old David McAlister, with a pickup truck in the yard of a home in the 200 block of Shades Bridge Road near Greenfield.

After killing David Mcalister, Eric reportedly produced a 270 caliber single shot rifle and shot several rounds at his brother.

Eric McAlsiter then allegedly shot and killed 52-year-old timothy betts, also of Greenfield. Betts was reportedly near the area and come over to check on David McAlister when he was shot.

Investigators said Eric McAlister surrendered to sheriff's deputies when they arrived at the scene.

An autopsy is being performed on both deceased individuals.

Eric McAlister is expected to be arraigned in Weakley County General Sessions Court on Thursday.