The son of a 70-year-old Evanston man is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Traverse City, Michigan, on charges he killed his father at a home near there.

The Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Offfice says the victim, Milton Hanson, was found dead Friday at a home on Bunker Hill Road in Acme Township.

Charges were filed against his 31-year-old son, Luke Milton Hanson on Saturday.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle says an arrest warrant indicated the younger Hanson told a mental health case worker Friday that he’d argued with his father on Wednesday after the older man said he was getting married.

The warrant said Luke Hanson told the caseworker his father lunged at him with a knife before he swung at his father with his own blade.

Deputies found Milton Hanson dead from knife wounds in the back yard of the home.

Luke Hanson is being held in the Grand Traverse County jail on $1 million bond.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Mental Illness Unchecked Results In Disaster.

    It is wholly inconcievable that Milt used a knife in an offensive manner. It is improbable that he had a knife at all. Luke is sick and he killed the only person who loved him unconditionally. Luke needs help but more liekly he'll get prison and the tragedy will be greater than it is already. Mental illness seems to be taboo, it's long past time to address it nationally. 

  2. Murder of father by son in Michigan

    So sad.  It seem at times that society doesn't look at mental illness as the illness of the body it is. When the mind is ill we seem to judge it as if nothing should go wrong with it,  Help can be found through National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI ) Cook County North Suburban @ 1-847-716-2252.

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