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Update: Grandson Charged with Murder after Man Hospitalized for 2 Months Dies

The charges against Justin Bledsoe, 25, have been upgraded from domestic battery in the November incident that led to the death of James Bledsoe, 77.
Justin Bledsoe of Little Rock (Nov. 2013)
Justin Bledsoe of Little Rock (Nov. 2013)
Update (Jan. 31):
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The death of a man hospitalized since a November shooting has led to the re-arrest of his grandson.

Police say James Bledsoe, 77, suffered multiple gunshot wounds on Nov. 2 at his home on Marcia Drive. Bledsoe died on Jan. 17 and his death was later ruled a homicide by the State Crime Lab.

Justin Bledsoe, 25, was arrested back in November and charged with domestic battery in the shooting.

An arrest warrant on a 1st degree murder charge was issued for him on Thursday and he was booked into the Pulaski County jail early Friday morning. He is being held without bond.

Original story (Nov. 2013):
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Police are investigating a family tragedy that unfolded inside one Little Rock home.

Investigators say a man shot his mother and grandfather early this morning around 2:30.

It happened on Marcia Drive, west of South University Avenue.

Officers arrested 25-year-old Justin Bledsoe for the crime.

They say he was inside a bedroom -- near his grandfather -- when police got to the house.

Detectives say Bledsoe shot his grandfather -- 76 year old James Bledsoe -- and his mother several times inside the home on Marcia Drive.

James Bledsoe's condition was upgraded from grave to serious later this afternoon.

The suspect's mother -- Betty Bledsoe -- was shot in the leg.

She's expected to survive.

Today we talked to a woman who knows the accused shooter.

Britni Harrison said, "Shocked. I would not expect that from Justin because he's very family oriented and he loves his family. He has a child. I mean I couldn't imagine him doing that at all."

Police tell us Bledsoe does have a criminal record.

And now, he faces more charges including domestic battery, aggravated assault, felon in possession of a weapon and drug charges.

His grandmother was also at home at the time of the shooting, but police say she ran out of the bedroom and wasn't hurt.

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