Father-in-law arrested for murder

Donald Bateman is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his son-in-law, Antone Johnson.

A California man is dead and another is in custody charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his son-in-law.

According to the California Police Department, officers were called to 505 W. Main Street just after 8:00 Wednesday evening where they discovered 43-year-old Antone Johnson with a gunshot to the abdomen.

One of the arresting officers said in court documents that officers then noticed 68-year-old Donald Bateman, who is Johnson's father-in-law, in the room with a .38 caliber pistol in his lap.

Johnson was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City, where he died about two hours later.

A witness told police that Bateman had been drinking during the last part of the day, and that he and Johnson had been working on a water heater together when tempers flared. She said Bateman got upset, left the room, and returned with a gun and fired twice at Johnson.

Bateman told police that Johnson had threatened to beat him up, and when he saw Bateman with a gun, rushed at him. He said that was why he fired at Johnson.

Bateman was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree murder.

Both men lived at the Main Street address.