According to PEOPLE, authorities have revealed that a grandfather from Alabama has been accused of murdering his own son in order to protect his granddaughter, his son’s daughter, from abuse.
Baldwin Sheriff’s office has said that Hubbard Junior Hall, 64, allegedly shot his 41-year old son Mark at a home in Baldwin County, Alabama.
He was taken into custody on Tuesday shortly after the incident and is at Baldwin County Corrections Center where he is held on a $100,000 bond.
“Apparently the discharged bullet hit rib cage and ricocheted into his chest cavity, where it caused severe bleeding,” Baldwin sheriff’s Capt. Stephen Arthur told PEOPLE.
“He bled to death before he was able to get to the hospital.”
Investigators said that during the ride home from a baseball game in nearby Mobile, where Mark coached his daughter’s softball team. According to Arthur, he received a call regarding his 12-year old daughter that upset him to the point that he began striking his daughter.
“This assault or striking of the child continued on the entire drive home.”
There is no record of Mark previously abusing his daughter who he has custody of, but she stayed with her grandparents instead while he lived nearby.
According to Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters, Hubbard got into a confrontation with Mark after his son said he was taking his daughter to his house.
Hubbard said, ‘You are not going to take her with you. She is staying here with us.”
When Mark turned to get the child, Hubbard shot him one time with a .25-caliber pistol in the left side.