Man accused of murdering father makes court appearance
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A man accused of intentionally shooting and killing his father during a fight on Aug. 10 pleaded not guilty to four felony charges on Tuesday.
Geoff Edwin Murphy, 33, is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of elder abuse after police say he shot his father in the torso moments after his father had shot him in the family's home.
He's also being charged with threatening his parents with the intent to terrorize.
New court documents obtained by Eyewitness News reveal what led up to the shooting, as well as a tense relationship between Murphy and his parents in the preceding weeks.
On the night of the shooting, Murphy's 68-year-old mother told police her son was enraged about wanting to leave their home.
At this point, Murphy's parents began recording cellphone video to serve as proof to police in case of a violent incident.
In the video, Murphy can be seen yelling at his mother before he began hitting her with a stick lighter, according to the documents.
That's when Murphy's father yelled, "Enough is enough," before brandishing a handgun and shooting at his son.
At this point, Murphy pushed his father out of view of the camera, which began a physical altercation between the two, before Murphy eventually grabbed hold of the gun and shot his father once in the torso.
Murphy's father later died of his injuries. Murphy told police he was acting in self-defense as his father was on top of him.
Murphy had moved back in with his family in July, after he told them he was getting a divorce.
But years of past hostility between Murphy and his mother and father quickly returned, his mother told police.
She told authorities that Murphy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and would grow angry with her and her husband at random.
Murphy's mother and father eventually began barricading themselves in their bedroom while they slept, fearful that Murphy would hurt them during an outrage.
Murphy's father was 74 years old.