Citrus man arrested for choking mother to death

Citrus County, Florida -- A 23-year-old homeless man has been arrested for killing his mother.

Just after 3 p.m. on April 5, Citrus County Sheriff's deputies responded to an area behind Farmer's Furniture in Crystal River, which is a known homeless camp in regards to a domestic incident. Deputies were searching for Benjamin Dick in reference to an aggravated battery where his brother was stabbed.

While at the homeless camp, deputies received a tip about a murder that had recently occurred. A witness told detectives that Dick killed his mother and buried her in a shallow grave. Deputies searched the area surrounding the homeless camp and found what appeared to be a grave and the body of Jennifer Brooks, Dick's mother.

According to reports, Dick, along with his girlfriend and mother, were drinking with others at the campsite when Dick and his girlfriend got in an argument. Dick then began to chock his girlfriend during which point Jennifer Books made some derogatory statements towards his girlfriend. Dick then started to attack his mother and the struggle led to an area behind a tent and into a ravine. Dick strangled and stabbed the victim several times, leading to her death.

Dick was arrested on several charges including 2nd degree murder of his mother. Shannon Parker, a man they were drinking with, was arrested for his role in disposing of the body, charged with accessory after the fact and witness tampering.

This morning, detectives are still processing the scene and conducting more interviews with witnesses. Commander Buddy Grant says he doesn't know what would drive a son to kill his mother. "Our job now is to put a good case together for the State Attorney's Office and to make sure we bring justice to this victim."

Detectives continue to investigate and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.


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