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The mysterious death of a real estate developer found strangled with a dog leash nearby took an unusual turn Friday when his teenage son was charged with killing him.
Durham Police said in a news release that Alexander Bishop, 16, was arrested Friday and charged with murder in the death of 59-year-old William Bishop.
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Bishop, who developed prominent real estate projects in Florida, had been living in North Carolina for the past decade. The teen will be prosecuted as an adult.
Alexander Bishop's attorney Daniel Meier didn't immediately respond to phone calls or emails seeking comment Friday.
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The strange death made headlines in two states as what sounded at first like a freak accident soon gave way to investigators' suspicions and an autopsy that ruled the death a homicide.
Investigators spent months probing the case - parsing unusual details such as a purported safe filled with gold and filing at least seven search warrants.
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When officers arrived, Bishop was in a leather chair in the home theater of the 4,000 square-foot house that, according to county records, has an appraised value of around $800,000. It's a short drive from one of the area's oldest country clubs, Hope Valley.
After being found unresponsive, the developer died three days later in a hospital.
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What happened began to look suspicious soon after emergency medical personnel arrived.
Alexander Bishop told an EMS supervisor that 'he wasn't going to be upset about his father dying. He explained that his father verbally abused him and his mom for a number of years,' according to a search warrant.
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'Alexander explained that there had never been anything physical to occur, just constant verbal abuse over minor things like dishes being left in the sink and homework not being completed,' a detective wrote elsewhere in the warrant.
Authorities say the son told them he and the father had...
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