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A Niceville area woman and her disabled son are fighting for their lives after being attacked by a family member armed with a metal mallet around 6 a.m. this morning.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 76-year old Judson Wood of 1911 Benton Avenue with two counts of attempted premeditated murder.

OCSO Investigators say Wood attacked his 68-year old wife Sharron and his 49-year old disabled son James while both were asleep in their beds. They were struck multiple times in the head with a metal mallet, which was found on a night stand next to where Sharron Wood was located.

Judson Wood told investigators his own health is declining and he had been thinking about “putting James out of his misery” for more than a month. He said James’ need for continuous care was becoming too difficult and he did not think anyone else would provide James what he needed.

He also claimed his wife was becoming hard to handle.

The two victims are in currently in critical condition at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Physicians say Sharron Wood will need extensive facial reconstruction.


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