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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A Charlotte man has made his first court appearance on a charge that he shot his adopted son to death.

An attorney for 63-year-old Earnest Howard Gurley Jr. said in court Friday that his client was very sorry for the death of Benjamin James Gurley.

Authorities say the 20-year-old was killed late Thursday morning. Police say Earnest Gurley was arrested after he called 911 and told operators he’d shot his son.

Officers say Benjamin Gurley was shot in the chest and staggered into the front yard of the home where he died under a tree. Family members say the men had argued before the shooting.

Earnest Gurley has been charged with murder. He is scheduled to have a bond hearing on June 27.

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