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Man accused of murdering son in shooting, police say

Man accused of murdering son in shooting, police say

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Jason I. Wetzel

Jason I. Wetzel

CASS TOWNSHIP — A man was accused of murdering his son, who was shot to death Monday night, police said.

On Wednesday, Jason I. Wetzel, 58, of Wanatah, was arrested and charged with murder, according to Capt. Derek Allen of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office. 

The victim, Jeremiah J. Wetzel, 33, was fatally shot Monday night in a home in rural Cass Township, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene in the 8200 West block of County Road 1500 South. Police arrived on scene at 8:23 p.m., during which time the suspect left the residence and was later taken into custody.

Jason Wetzel is the biological father of Jeremiah Wetzel, police confirmed.

“Since then, detectives from the LaPorte County Criminal Investigations Division have tirelessly investigated the circumstances surrounding the shooting,” Allen said.

Jeremiah Wetzel’s death was ruled a homicide following an autopsy at Franciscan Health hospital in Michigan City on Wednesday. Following the ruling, detectives presented charges to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued for Jason Wetzel.

Jason Wetzel is currently being held in the LaPorte County Jail and on a $1 million cash bond.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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