BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - KSLA News 12 is learning new details about the man accused of beating his mom nearly to death and injuring his father.
What many describe as bizarre social media posts by 37-year-old John Byrd could help provide some insight into the suspect's state of mind.
The attack happened about 1 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of Radbrook Drive in south Bossier City.
Several longtime neighbors describe Byrd as a deeply troubled man. And his recent Facebook posts point to that, as well.
But while police said that they are familiar with Byrd, they added that he never had acted violently in previous police calls.
Bossier City police spokesman Mark Natale said it was Byrd's mother, 67-year-old Katherine "Kay" Byrd, who called police shortly before the attack "saying her son was being disorderly inside the house and irate."
Officers discovered the couple badly hurt inside their home. "There were no weapons involved. It was, you know, hands and feet," Natale said.
He also clarified the nature of the attack. "He struck his mom multiple times with force with his foot."
She was in critical condition when medics rushed her to University Health in Shreveport. Her condition has since been upgraded to serious but stable.
The father, 68-year-old Thomas Byrd, was treated at University Health and released.
Neighbors said John Byrd had lived off and on with his parents over the years and was not shy about sharing his psychological struggles. This time, he was visiting from Colorado.
Hours before the attack Monday, John Byrd went on Facebook to post this one line at 5:44 a.m.: "I am the Savior of the world."
At 6:48 a.m., he posted: "To Prime Minister Netanyahu. Unleash hell at my command" - a reference to Israel's prime minister.
A little more than an hour before the attack, one of John Byrd's Facebook friends responded to the Netanyahu post by writing: "Call your parents."
Now John Byrd is locked up and being held in Bossier Maximum-Security Prison with his bonds totaling $1.1 million. He is charged with 1 count each of attempted first-degree murder and simple battery of the infirm. The latter arises from the fact that both of his parents are over 65 years old.
In between those aforementioned posts, John Byrd's Facebook page shows these post at 6:10 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. Monday, respectively: