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Citrus County man charged with strangling, stabbing his mother

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CRYSTAL RIVER, FL (WFLA) - A 23-year-old homeless man has been arrested for strangling and stabbing his mother to death, Citrus County sheriff's deputies said.

Benjamin William Dick is being held at the Citrus County Jail on second degree murder charges.

Dick asked another man, Shannon Parker, 28, to help him bury the victim in a shallow grave, authorities said. Parker also is in custody charged with accessory after the fact and witness tampering.

Deputies said Dick and his mother, Jennifer Brooks, 42, argued Friday night at a homeless camp after Brooks allegedly made a derogatory statement toward Dick's girlfriend.

Dick attacked his mother behind a tent at the camp located near U.S. Highway 19 and Southeast Eighth Avenue in Crystal River. The struggle continued into a ravine, where deputies said Dick strangled and stabbed Brooks several times.

Deputies said Dick also choked his girlfriend during a fight before killing his mother. The unidentified girlfriend received non-life threatening injuries. 

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