Police: Ex-federal prosecutor killed by ax-wielding son

Associated Press

Chesterfield, Va. — Authorities say the son of a former federal prosecutor used an ax to kill his father.

News outlets report that 61-year-old Nicholas Altimari was found dead at his Chesterfield, Virginia, home on Saturday night.

Police say 31-year-old Frank X. Altimari was arrested in Richmond and charged in connection with the slaying. Authorities believe he hit his father with a vehicle and then struck him with an ax.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Nicholas Altimari served the Eastern District of Virginia as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1992 to 2003.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the suspect’s grandfather, also named Frank X. Altimari, had served on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prior to his death in 1998.

It’s unclear what prompted the dispute or whether the suspect has an attorney.