Police: Son arrested for beating death of father
Richard Heron of Las Vegas, was found murdered inside his home in the 1900 block of North Torrey Pines Drive, near Lake Mead Boulevard. Metro Police say the killer, is his own son, Richard Heron, Jr.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Richard Heron was found murdered inside his home in the 1900 block of North Torrey Pines Drive, near Lake Mead Boulevard, and Las Vegas police believe the killer is his own son, Richard Heron, Jr.
Investigators say the father and son were living together in the gated condominium complex.
Detectives are still waiting to question Heron, Jr. about the murder of his father. The 32-year-old man is being extradited from Arkansas, where he ended up turning himself in for the crime.
Police believe Heron, Jr. left for Arkansas on Nov. 19, the day after he killed his father.
"I got scared when I heard the commotion," says next-door neighbor Twila Lintz. "I heard two loud crashes. Then I heard someone yelling frantically: 'Dad, Dad, Dad?' After the noise quieted down, I saw the son leave. He didn't seem to be alarmed or anything. So I assumed everything was okay."
According to the arrest warrant, Heron, Jr. came home intoxicated on the night of Nov. 18. Police believe he beat his father to death with a baseball bat after his father first swung the bat at him.
Heron, Jr. allegedly sent the mother of his young son a text confessing to the murder. She alerted police, who searched the condo on Nov. 26 and found the body of Richard Heron, Sr.
Detectives say Heron, Jr. confessed to authorities in Arkansas. He'll be charged with one count of murder with a deadly weapon once he's back in Las Vegas.
"It's just heartbreaking that something like this had to happen," Lintz says. "They seemed like good people. They kept to themselves. The grandson would come over and play outside with them. I never imagined something like this would happen. I don't understand why. It's shocking."