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Man accused of shooting son in karaoke dispute to stand trial

July 18, 2012 |  2:06 pm

A Shasta County man was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges of attempted murder and assault after he allegedly shot his son because he did not like the man's country music karaoke.

Shasta County sheriff's detective Caleb MacGregor testified Tuesday that 70-year-old William Henry Oller Sr., was visiting his son, William Carr Oller Jr., at the 50-year-old's Shingleton home on Jan. 26 when the two began arguing over the music, The Record Searchlight reported.

At one point, MacGregor said, the elder Oller walked out of the house, telling his son, "I'm going to shut you up." He then grabbed a semi-automatic pistol from his pickup and pointed it at his son, who had walked out to the front porch, the paper reported.

The younger Oller walked back inside and locked the door, MacGregor said. Thinking his father had left, he opened the door — only to find himself face-to-face with his father and the gun.

A scuffle ensued, during which both men were shot, MacGregor said.

Aaron Williams, the father's attorney, argued there was no evidence showing the shooting was intentional, saying because both men were shot his client could have been acting in self defense. His client, who faces a potential life sentence if convicted, is due back in court at the end of the month.

The younger Oller attended the Tuesday hearing, saying afterward he wished his father "the best" and hoped the district attorney's office would not pursue the matter.

"But that's up to the D.A.," he told The Record.

As for the song that started it all? Authorities have not said what the trouble-causing tune was.

"Maybe it will come out in trial," Williams said.


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Photo: William Henry Oller Sr. appears in Shasta County Superior Court in Redding on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. He is charged with shooting his son. Credit: Andreas Fuhrmann / Record Searchlight / Associated Press