Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Boy, 13, accused of fatally shooting father

The Associated Press

        SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — A 13-year-old boy is accused of killing his father, described as a harsh disciplinarian whose punishments included early morning push-ups and handstands.

        Police found Gregory Scruggs, 40, dead Saturday at his home in this Cleveland suburb. He had been shot in the head.

        The teen-ager, Gregory Scruggs Jr., was charged with delinquency by reason of aggravated murder and was being held at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, police Chief Walter Urgrinic said Tuesday.

        The boy's uncle, Lavelle Scruggs, said his brother physically punished the teen every time he stepped out of line.

        The punishment would spill over to the next day, when the father would wake his son early before school to do push-ups and handstands.

        “He loved his son to the point that he wanted him to be perfect,” Lavelle Scruggs said. “He thought the more he disciplined him, he would come around. But that didn't happen.”

        The father graduated from Shaker Heights High School at age 15 as a National Merit scholarship semifinalist and worked as a substitute teacher for Cleveland schools, according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. His son, an only child, attended Shaker Middle School.


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