Stepfather kills son, goes to church to confess

Carl Lewis ( Photo Credit: Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)
Carl Lewis (Photo credit: Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)

A stepfather in Georgia is in jail today after making a shocking confession to a police officer while church service was underway. A police officer was directing traffic at First Baptist Church of Woodstock around 1 p.m. on July 24 when Carl Lewis of Woodstock, Georgia, approached. According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Watkins, Lewis said he shot his son and didn’t know if he killed him. Law enforcement soon arrived at Lewis’ residence, about 15 minutes away from the church.

Police had to enter through a window and discovered the body of Bryce McCallum, 19, in a chair, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. A neighbor stated that while he was doing yard work he heard a single gunshot, but ignored the sound.

Police took Lewis into custody for questioning after his confession.

Bryce McCallum, age 19 (Photo Credit: Facebook/Bryce McCallum)
Bryce McCallum, 19 (Photo credit: Facebook/Bryce McCallum)

McCallum had just finished his freshman year at West Georgia College. In addition the young man was an expectant father, his child is due in December.

According to friends of McCallum, Lewis was described by the victim as being abusive and “out of control.”

Days earlier, McCallum and Lewis were in a physical confrontation after Lewis punched his younger brother. McCallum’s mother kicked Lewis out of the home and apparently Lewis blamed the victim for his having to leave. Friends further stated that McCallum was afraid to return back to his home because of his stepfather’s violent behavior.

When police confirmed McCallum’s death, Lewis was then arrested. He was taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. No bond has been set for Lewis who is expected to appear before a judge today.

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