North Myrtle Beach man indicted on murder charge in father’s stabbing death

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 30, 2013 

Lucas James Permenter

— A North Myrtle Beach man was indicted by an Horry County grand jury on a charge of murder in the stabbing death of his father, according to court records.

Lucas James Permenter, 33, was indicted on a charge of murder in the Feb. 2, 2012 stabbing of Eugene Permenter, according to indictments released Monday.

Lucas Permenter remains jailed without bond on the murder charge, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

The 59-year-old North Myrtle Beach man was found dead about 11:40 a.m. that day inside his home in the 300 block of 50th Avenue North in the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach, authorities said.

Lucas Permenter lived with his father, who was found by relatives after they became worried about the elder man when they did not hear from him for more than two days, according to a police report.

The family members went to the home the day he was found and told police they had not seen Eugene Permenter since Jan. 19. Also, he had not responded to phone calls in the days before his death.

The house was locked and the family members broke a bedroom window to get inside and found Eugene Permenter dead on the living room floor, according to the report.

Police took Lucas Permenter into custody after he returned to the house he shared with his father, according to the report. When police questioned Lucas Permenter about his father’s death, officers wrote in their report that “during the course of the interview, Lucas Permenter admitted and openly confessed to killing his father.”

The portion of the report that described why the men argued before Eugene Permenter’s death was redacted.

Permenter was previously jailed on Sept. 21, 2001, on charges of resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a narcotic, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to the charges on March 25, 2003, and was sentenced to a year in prison that suspended upon his service of 18 months on probation.

Permenter also pleaded guilty Jan. 6, 2011, to trespassing and was ordered to serve five days in jail.

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