The house on Felton Drive in Beavercreek where police said a man killed his father.
Photo: Kate Bartley
Photo: Kate Bartley

Beavercreek son charged in father’s killing: 5 things to know

The man suspected of killing his elderly father in a violent attack in Beavercreek had a black eye when he was booked into the Greene County Jail earlier this week.

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The injury is one of many questions unanswered at this point in the case against David Simpson, 54, who is accused of killing his father, 85-year-old Ora Simpson. 

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Here are five things we know about the case, based on police filings with Fairborn Municipal Court. 

 1. After receiving the 911 call from David Simpson, Beavercreek officers responded at 3:43 a.m. Sunday, March 18, to the report of a dead body at the home on Felton Drive. Police said David Simpson answered the door and had blood on the front of his sweater. Police said Ora Simpson's lifeless body was found covered in blood on the garage floor.

David L. Simpson

 2. Simpson reported to police that he and his father had an argument and that his father struck him with a fireplace poker before he went to bed and slept for eight to 10 hours. Simpson told police he awoke to find his father lying bloody on the garage floor, but thought he was breathing. Simpson told police he returned to the garage a few hours later to find his father unresponsive and called 9-1-1. 

 3. The autopsy on Ora Simpson's body indicates he suffered injuries to his neck from a knife or sharp-edged instrument. There were also signs of numerous cuts, blunt force trauma and defensive injuries.

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 4. Police noted there was a blood trail in the home stretching from the kitchen and into the living room and the area in front of the fireplace was covered in blood. Simpson said his dad struck him with a fireplace poker during their argument and he told officers at one point that he wiped some blood off of the refrigerator. 

5. Simpson called 9-1-1 to report his father was dead in the garage. Simpson told the dispatcher his father had dementia and his father knocked him out with a fireplace poker after he suggested he needed to be in a hospital. When asked if he knew how his father died in the garage, Simpson replied that he didn't know how his father got into the garage.

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