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Son pleads not guilty in dads death
Father slain in April 2008 at familys home
Puckett Kevin
Kevin Rudolph Puckett - photo by Submitted
A Forsyth County man has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed his 59-year-old father in April 2008.

Last month, a grand jury indicted Kevin Rudolph Puckett, 25, on one count each of murder, felony murder and family violence aggravated assault.
If convicted of the charges, Puckett could be sentenced to life in prison.

According to court documents, he is currently free on $165,000 bond.

Puckett is represented by attorneys John Rife and Kelly Turner. Rife said it is too early to comment on specifics of the case.

“We are still getting information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab and other places that we don’t have and the state doesn’t have, so there will be more to come,” Rife said.

He said the Puckett family is “doing the best they can.”

“He’s been staying with his mother since he bonded out of jail and it’s a very traumatic experience for any family to experience,” Rife said. “I think he’s doing as well as can be expected and he’s getting some good family support.”

Puckett allegedly shot his father, Luther Puckett, several times on April 4, 2008, in what authorities said was a “domestic-related” incident at 8166 Castleberry Farm Drive in northeastern Forsyth.

Irene Puckett, his mother and Luther Puckett’s wife of 41 years, told Forsyth County Sheriff’s investigators she returned from going to a store to find her husband dead.

Sheriff Ted Paxton could not recall the exact type of gun that was used in the shooting, but described it as “unique” and “powerful.”

“It was a hellacious gun,” Paxton said.

He said Kevin Puckett’s son, who was 2 at the time, was in the house during the shooting. The child has since been returned to his mother in Macon.

Paxton said the evidence against Kevin Puckett was “overwhelming.”

“We established the fact it was actually his gun and he had taken the gun back upstairs to his bedroom and hid it,” Paxton said. “We found the box of shells, the bullets were laying out next to the closet in Kevin’s bedroom.

“The physical evidence was quite damaging.”

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