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Teen accused of killing grandfather with a hatchet

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The incident happened on Elgin Road in Cumberland County (WTVD)

A 15-year-old Cumberland County boy is facing murder charges after authorities said he attacked his grandfather with a hatchet late Monday night.

It happened just before midnight in the 3100 block of Elgin Road in Fayetteville's Grays Creek area.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found 63-year-old Joseph Naulty dead. Authorities said he died after being struck with a hatchet.

Detectives charged Naulty's 15-year-old grandson with first-degree murder on a juvenile petition, due to his age. The teen's name has not been released.

Authorities said it was unclear what lead up to the killing - there is no call history from the house.

According to a neighbor, Naulty was recently retired and the teen lived at the home with his grandfather.

He was described as "very giving, very welcoming" and a "very nice gentleman."

Neighbors are trying to understand what could have lead to the violent crime.

"That's what's so puzzling to me. I hear people getting killed different ways but wow, a hatchet... he really took out some anger," said Dennis Burden, shaking his head.

Meanwhile, the teen has been placed in the juvenile detention center where he will remain until his hearing on Thursday.

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