Son charged with killing father on New Year's Eve

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HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) - 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.. ___ Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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