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Matthew Wester Charged With The Alleged Murder And Assault Of Father Richard Wester

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Contra Costa County prosecutors filed murder and assault charges today against a man accused of killing his father near Clayton last week. Matthew Wester, 22, was charged for the death of 61-year-old Richard Wester on Friday. At about 11 a.m. that day, sheriff’s deputies were called to the father’s home in the 400 block of Meadow View Lane, where they found him unconscious and not breathing, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said. The results of an autopsy conducted Monday show there was blood in Wester’s chest from multiple rib fractures and that he ultimately died from chest injuries, Lee said. Lee declined to elaborate about how Wester was killed or whether a weapon was used.

An investigation quickly led detectives to Matthew Wester, who was arrested on suspicion of murder. He is being held at the county jail in Martinez on $1 million bail and was set to appear in court to be arraigned this afternoon. According to court documents filed by Richard Wester in 2010, his son had a history of anger problems and violence. A restraining order the victim filed against his son in Contra Costa County Superior Court in 2010 described the young man as being “prone to rage.” Wester also wrote that his son suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and was living in a group home as of mid-2010.

In the court documents, Wester described an incident in March 2010 in which his son came to his house and became angry when he was told he could not live there. He said his son “spit in my face, punched and kicked me, destroyed furniture, waved a knife, stole from me and broke into my house.” He said in the restraining order that the violent outburst followed similar incidents over the past two years, but that the incidents were “increasing in frequency and intensity.”

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