Man accused of setting house fire that killed his dad

Published On: Jan 02 2013 03:43:19 AM HST

A 23-year-old Florida man is suspected of setting a house fire that killed his father on New Year's Eve, authorities said.

Baron Von Duke Vercruysse was arrested Tuesday. Officials with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said 52-year-old Rene Dominique Vercruysse died of "homicidal violence."

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The Tampa Bay Times reported 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 at about 10:20 p.m. on Monday.

The son was charged with first-degree murder. The Times reported 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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