Father faces son's suspected killer in court

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{}It's the ultimate story of forgiveness. While a father served overseas in the Army, his son was killed. On Tuesday, that man walked into bond court wanting revenge for his son's murder, and left with a change of heart.

In bond court, the victim's father watched as the accused killer,{}26-year-old Bobby William Johnson, Jr., apologized for taking{}22-year-old Daniel Patterson's life.

"Nothing is far more worse than getting a call down range that my one and only son was murdered," said Daniel Hollington.

He told an emotional courtroom how he learned about his son's murder. Hollington told Judge Linda Lombard that the suspect's family changed his feelings from anger to forgiveness.

"The act of kindness and love that they showed to my son's mother changed my perspective.{} And brought me back to my Christian roots," explained Hollington.

"I'd like to thank the Patterson family for forgiving me.{} And I'm sorry this had to happen like this," said Johnson via closed circuit television in bond court.

Court documents show Johnson used a 40-caliber handgun to shoot Patterson in the abdomen. After the bond court hearing, Hollington described the relationship between his son and the defendant's child.

"He took care of him, treated him like he was his child. My son didn't have any kids. That's something I'm very proud of. I'll always remain very proud of that. That's my boy. That was my boy," said Hollington.

A circuit court judge still needs to set bail for Johnson.

Bond was set at $50,000 for the charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. At last check, he's still being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.