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California man charged with murder after fatal attack with golf putter

There was disturbing news out of Chico, California on Thursday, where 28-year-old Hunter Edward Hamlin Harris was charged with murder with the use of a weapon—a golf putter—in Butte County Superior Court.

The charge stemmed from a May 26th incident in which Harris attacked Austin Robert Olson-Wanick with a putter inside their Chico apartment. According to an investigation by Chico police detectives, both Harris and Olson-Wanick were staying on the 2500 block of The Esplande with several other people. A physical fight began between the pair outside of the apartment but was quickly broken up by other tenants.

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Hunter Edward Hamlin Harris

The pair returned inside, where the fight soon resumed. As the altercation intensified, Harris struck Olson-Wanick in the head and neck several times with the putter. At some point, the head of the putter snapped off, and Harris stabbed Olson-Wanick in the neck with the broken shaft. Though a full forensic autopsy is still pending, authorities say Olson-Wanick suffered severe blood loss from the puncture wound.

Harris’ arraignment is scheduled for June 5th and he will be held at Butte County Jail on a bail of $1,125,000 until that time. Second-degree murder carries a sentence of 15 years to life in California, plus potentially 25 additional years for the use of a weapon.