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Benjamin King, 92-Year-Old, Attempts To Murder Patricia Pernacchia, Daughter: Cops

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Benjamin King, 92, has been charged with first-degree attempted murder.
Benjamin King, 92, has been charged with first-degree attempted murder.

A 92-year-old tried to kill his daughter — first with a frying pan, then a pistol and then a knife, cops said.

The Orlando area senior citizen has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly trying to kill his daughter three times on Thursday, WESH reports.

Benjamin King said he was angry his daughter, Patricia Pernacchia, had gone against his "old school principles" by letting her adult son and his fiancée sleep in the same bed, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Apparently in response to this disagreement, King reportedly came up behind his daughter and hit her in the head with a frying pan, saying he "hoped it was heavy enough to kill her."

Pernacchia, who lives with King and his caretaker, was unharmed enough to flee the house, but she then returned in order to call her son for help. When she came back, authorities say, her father was waiting for her with a pistol. He reportedly shot at his daughter twice, but the gun jammed, according to WFTV.

Pernacchia was able to wrest control of the gun and call 911. While she was on the phone with police, King reached into a kitchen drawer, ostensibly to grab a knife, but Pernacchia slammed the drawer shut on his hand to stop him.

When police arrived, Pernacchia was hesitant to press charges against her father. She noted that she believes he was merely upset about the argument they had over her son, and that King may have psychological problems.

The man was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder with a firearm.

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