John Iaens, 67, was released from prison with a $75,000 fine. He was charged in the shooting that killed his 27-year-old son, Andrew Iaens.
According to police, officers were called to a home in Rollingbrook in southwest Houston just after midnight on Tuesday, where they found Andrew dead from multiple gunshot wounds on the front lawn. John remained at the scene and was arrested.
A witness told police the father and son were arguing when John shot and killed Andrew, but John’s attorney told ABC13 it wasn’t that simple. Defense attorney Wilvin Carter said Andrew has documented mental health issues and has battled drug addiction since his late teens.
“He had absolutely no other choice,” Carter said. “It’s a terrible position to be placed in. As a parent, it’s a living nightmare.”
John sat next to Carter during the interview, but did not follow Carter’s advice. Carter said the father was grieving but was also forced to defend himself.
It was a split second decision when he said, ‘I have to protect myself from my baby,’ Carter said. “On this occasion, Dad said, ‘We’re going to put you back in rehab again.’ He tried to calm it down. Andrew relapsed again and started attacking the publication.”
The fight ended on the lawn. Carter says John has a gun and shoots when he feels threatened. Andrew is 6 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 250 pounds and has previously been charged with assaulting his father.
“This is a clear case of self-defense,” Carter said.
Carter also said they agreed to be interviewed because they were campaigning for more help. They know that there are many other families going through similar times with loved ones battling addiction and mental illness.
“We can’t continue to ignore mental health issues. We can’t continue to push drug addiction under the rug,” Carter said.
The murder case still has to go to a Harris County grand jury, where Carter hopes it won’t be billed based on the circumstances.
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