Son charged with killing father on New Year's Eve

Published On: Jan 02 2013 06:59:15 AM EST
HOLIDAY, Fla. -

Authorities say a 23-year-old is suspected of setting a house fire that killed his father on New Year's Eve.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Baron Von Duke Vercruysse was arrested Tuesday. They say 52-year-old Rene Dominique Vercruysse died of "homicidal violence."

The Tampa Bay Times ( http://bit.ly/X029ch ) reports deputies believe a dispute between the father and son led to the death. However deputies did not release further details.

Authorities found the father's body when they responded to the fire around 10:20 p.m. on Monday.

The son was charged with first-degree murder. The Times reports his prior arrest record includes charges of larceny and possession of controlled substances.

A neighbor told the newspaper he heard a sharp scream Monday night just before authorities responded to the fire.

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