Son Charged With Murder In Death Of His Father

(SACRAMENTO, Ky., September 5th, 2003, 11 a.m.) -- A western Kentucky man has been arrested and charged with his father's murder, but police continue to search for a body.

John Jerone Hughes Jr., 28, was charged Thursday with murder, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and two counts of forgery, Kentucky State Police said.

His father, John Jerone Hughes Sr., 52, was reported missing Aug. 29. An investigation into his whereabouts led police to obtain a search warrant for the Hughes' home.

Police believe John Hughes Sr. was murdered in his home by his son in early February after finding a section of carpet and pieces of plywood stained with blood, said Trooper Mark Applin. Tests are being done to determine whether the blood belongs to John Hughes Sr.

"The deceased is believed to be near or on this property," Applin said. "We believe he was struck on the head with a blunt object and died as a result of those injuries."

Police were scheduled to excavate the suspected burial place on Friday.

John Hughes Jr., who was lodged in the Ohio County Jail, was living with his father at the time of the alleged murder and afterward moved to another residence in Sacramento.

Police also believe Hughes forged checks from his father's account, resulting in the forgery charges, Applin said.

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