Update on Madison County Shooting: Son shoots father this morning


June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A DeSoto man is in custody, charged with willful injury in connection with a shooting this (Monday) morning, two-miles east of Earlham, in Madison County. The Des Moines Register reports sheriff’s officials arrested 22-year old Nicholas Clayton. He’s accused of shooting his father, 45-year old Howard Clayton, Jr., of Earlham. The incident was reported to authorities just before 5-a.m. Authorities arriving on the scene found Howard Clayton in the doorway of an outbuilding, adjacent to his residence. He was flown to a Des Moines hospital, but there’s no word on the extent of his injuries or current condition.

Nicholas Clayton was arrested a little over an hour later, after authorities executed a search warrant at a residence in DeSoto. He was being held in the Madison County Jail, with additional charges pending. If convicted on the Willful Injury charge, Nicholas Clayton could face up to 10-years in jail.