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Originally published Friday, October 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

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Tacoma man charged in killing father with hatchet

A 29-year-old man accused of killing his father with a hatchet Thursday at their Tacoma home was charged Friday with first-degree murder.

The Associated Press

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TACOMA, Wash. —

A 29-year-old man accused of killing his father with a hatchet Thursday at their Tacoma home was charged Friday with first-degree murder.

The Pierce County prosecutor's office says Jonathan Meline told investigators he'd been planning to kill his father for several months. He said he believed his father had been hurting children.

Meline turned himself in at the Pierce County jail in Tacoma.

The dead man, 56-year-old Robert Meline, was a sixth-grade teacher at Camas Prairie Elementary School in the Bethel School District.

The prosecutor's office says Jonathan Meline has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He was charged with stealing a car from a Tacoma dealership in 2010 but found incompetent to stand trial. He was committed to Western State Hospital then released last January to live with his parents.

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