UPDATE: Son charged with murder after father dies in hospital

LACOMBE -- The man arrested for attacking his father on will be charged with second-degree murder after his father died from his injuries.

According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the attack happened in the 5900 block of Pineridge Road around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Dispatchers received a 911 call from the location with no one on the other end of the line.

Deputies arriving at the scene found a 57-year-old man unconscious inside the home. Family members said the victim was involved in a fight with his son, 27-year-old Casey Melerine, who had left the scene. While investigators were at the home, the son returned and was taken into custody.

Melerine was originally booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on second-degree aggravated battery charges, but STPSO detectives obtained a warrant to amend that charge to second-degree murder after his father's death.

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