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Mar 7, 2014 11:39 AM

Teen Kills Stepfather to Protect Mom

CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) - Investigators say an East Texas teenager has been charged with killing his stepfather to stop an attack on the youth's mother.

Panola County jail records show 17-year-old Koby Yoder of Carthage was booked Thursday on a murder charge and freed on $25,000 bond.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy John DePresca on Friday said 43-year-old Leonard Digiliormo was punching and beating his wife when her son intervened. DePresca says Yoder retrieved a handgun and fatally shot Digiliormo Wednesday night at the family's home near Carthage.

The woman's 13-year-old daughter was also present. DePresca says the mother and both teens told investigators that the woman was being attacked. She was treated and released from a hospital.

Jail records do not list an attorney for Yoder.

Carthage is 150 miles southeast of Dallas.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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