(BOWLING GREEN)--   A January 27 preliminary hearing has been set for a man accused of killing his son in Pike County, Missouri. 45-year-old Michael Lee Phillips of Saint John is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

He’s accused of shooting 22-year-old Jeff Chisholm. The incident occurred shortly before 9 o’clock the night of August 31st at a cabin on County Road 52 just off of Highway 61 between Bowling Green and Frankford.

Witnesses say the victim had been fighting with his father and other family members.    In a probable cause statement, Phillips allegedly told authorities that he had no other choice but to shoot his son.