Cops: Man Drove 1K Miles to Shoot Girlfriend's Family

Boyfriend shoots girlfriend's stepmom, dad on Christmas morning
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2014 2:45 PM CST
Cops: Man Drove 1K Miles to Shoot Girlfriend's Family
A Christmas Day tragedy in Florida left two dead, including the alleged gunman.   (Shutterstock)

Stephen Pollard still can't digest what happened: His 23-year-old son Preston drove more than 1,000 miles from Texas to Florida and allegedly shot his girlfriend's stepmother and her dad before killing himself in his car, WFAA reports. "I know my son," Stephen says of the Christmas morning carnage. "That's not him, he was not a mean person." Stephen believes his son went from Venus, Texas, to Florida's Marion County to pick up his girlfriend for the holidays after she reneged on a plane ticket Preston had sent her. Florida authorities say he arrived just after midnight and opened fire on his girlfriend's step-mother, 55-year-old Mary Lou Hutson, who suffered critical injuries. He then allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend's 36-year-old dad, Richard Hutson.

"They opened the door and he started shooting," a sheriff's rep tells the Ocala Star-Banner. The girlfriend (described as an ex in some reports) and three children reportedly hid in the bathroom during the shootings and were unharmed, WFMY reports. Authorities say Preston sped off after the shootings and was cornered by police in Okaloosa County a few hours later, when he shot himself. Stephen Pollard is still struggling with the official story, saying that his son didn't have a record or a gun, was in the Air Force, and had lived with his girlfriend's family for a time in Florida. "Why would he drive all that way to kill somebody?" he asks. (Read more murder stories.)

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