Man charged with murder in connection with the death of his father

Man charged with murder in connection with the death of his father
Robert Merritt (Source: Sarasota County Detention Center)

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of his father as a result of an altercation that occurred back in February.

According to North Port Police Department, Robert Merritt, 44, was arrested on charges of Aggravated Battery on a victim above 65 years old, his father.

The victim, Robert Cecil Merritt, 74, later died. Following an autopsy the cause of death has been ruled a homicide. Merritt is now facing a charge of second degree murder. He was picked up and arrested Thursday in North Port.

Merritt was lodged in the Sarasota County Detention Center.

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