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Pacemaker attack victim dies

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MANCHESTER (KWWL) -- The Manchester man who's son allegedly tried to cut out his pacemaker with a pocketknife, has died.

Charles A. Fierstine, Jr. died at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City on Monday.  He was 63-years old.

His son, Jesse Fierstine, 33, also of Manchester, is scheduled to go on trial for attempted murder charges next month in Delaware County.

Jesse Fierstine is accused of hitting his father on the head with a flashlight and firewood before trying to cut out his father's pacemaker with a pocketknife.

Police have not said what the motive is, but Jesse Fierstine's relatives say he suffers from mental illness.

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