Updated 5:41 p.m.

A Maine State Police affidavit indicates officers who discovered a man’s body outside his home in the town of Cambridge believe he was beaten to death.

Police charged 33-year-old Angelo Licata of Detroit early Friday with murdering his father. He was returned to the Somerset County Jail after a brief court appearance.

The affidavit indicates the wife of 63-year-old Alfred Licata called police after hearing yelling downstairs and then seeing blood “all over their kitchen.” Police found Licata dead shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, and police soon tracked down Licata’s son, who allegedly told a friend he’d killed his father.

The affidavit indicates the victim appeared to have suffered blunt trauma to the head. An autopsy was conducted Friday, but the medical examiner’s office declined to release details.

8:13 a.m.

A Detroit man was arrested early this morning in connection with the killing of his father last night in the Somerset County town of Cambridge, police said.

Angelo V. Licata, 33, was charged with murder after he was questioned by detectives at the Waterville Police Department, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Licata is accused of killing his father, Alfred Licata, 63, of Ham Hill Road in Cambridge. Police are witholding the suspected cause of death, pending an autopsy scheduled later today at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta, McCausland said.

The elder Licata was found dead Thursday about 9 p.m. on the lawn outside his house.

“Police were called to the house after Arlene Licata, the victim’s wife, called the Somerset Sheriff’s Office Thursday night to report her husband was missing,” McCausland said. “Deputies found the man’s body outside the house and a team of State Police detectives then responded to the scene.”

At 4:50 a.m. this morning, Angelo Licata was booked at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison, where he remains held without bail.

Licata is scheduled for arraignment by video this afternoon in Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan.

Detectives will remain at the house today gathering evidence, McCausland said.

According to court records, Angelo Licata was convicted earlier this year in Kennebec County Superior Court on two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, and he was fined $1,200 and ordered to pay $330 in restitution. According to a Morning Sentinel story published last year, the conviction stemmed from an incident April 1, 2010, in which Licata and another man were charged with illegally possessing prescription drugs and marijuana at a downtown apartment in Oakland.


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