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Union Parish man booked for attempted murder

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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Farmerville man reported missing last week by family is now being held on a $200,000 bond accused of attempted second-degree murder of his mother.

Nathaniel A. Presier 20, of 527 Hudson Rd., Lot A, was booked into the Union Parish Detention Center late Friday. A missing person's report was broadcast Thursday stating that he had been missing since Dec. 6.

Presier called the Union Parish Sheriff's Office and his family Friday to let them know he was in Ruston and was OK.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said Presier later Friday turned himself in to Winnsboro police in Franklin Parish telling them that he had attempted to kill his mother sometime around Christmas.

Gates sent deputies to Winnsboro to return the suspect to Farmerville.

In an interview with detectives, Gates said that Presier admitted going into his mother's bedroom early one morning with a .22-caliber rifle and pulled the trigger, but the weapon jammed and did not fire. The suspect then left the room to clean and fix the rifle, he told deputies. By the time he got back to his mother's room she was out of bed and he did not go through with his plan.

Gates said Presier told investigators that he left home to keep from killing his mother and he turned himself in when his car ran out of gasoline in Winnsboro.

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