16-year-old Durham son charged in dad’s 2018 murder, police say

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A Durham teen was charged Friday in the death of his father in the family’s home last year, Durham police said in a news release.

The incident was reported as a “cardiac arrest call” just after 6 p.m. on April 18, 2018, at a home in the 3400 block of Dover Road, according to the news release.

William Leslie Bishop, 60, was found unresponsive inside the home and died a short time later at a nearby hospital.

Bishop’s son, Alexander Bishop, 16, of Durham was arrested Friday and charged with his father’s murder, police said in the news release.

“It’s kind of shocking at first because you don’t wish anybody will have a son that’s alleged to have killed their father,” said John Fitzpatrick of the John C. Fitzpatrick law firm. He has been a defense attorney for 20 years but isn’t involved in the case.

CBS 17 reported in May 2018 that a medical examiner said the elder Bishop was strangled to death at his own home in April.

“When law enforcement gets a search warrant, it’s in their mind they’re trying to see whether or not they can find evidence that’s enough to form probable cause to see whether or not they should charge a person,” Fitzpatrick said.

According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, Sharon Bishop, William Bishop’s ex-wife and mother of their son, Alexander Bishop, says he died from a heart attack.

The warrant says Alexander Bishop was the only one home with the father at the time. Investigators say he gave different versions about what happened.

Warrants say after Alexander Bishop called police, he called his mother, telling her he found his dad lying on the floor with the dog’s leash around his neck.

But, when police arrived, they found William Bishop slouched in a chair.

The warrant says the teenager wanted an EMS supervisor to know that he “wasn’t going to be upset about his father dying,” adding that his father verbally abused him and his mother for years.

Alexander Bishop is being held in the Durham County Jail on a $1 million secured bond.

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