WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) - A man who helped police find his father’s body was charged with murder following the release of a medical examiner’s report, Maine State Police said Tuesday.
Twenty-four-year-old Leroy Smith III was charged a day after police said he provided them with the information that led them to the body of his father, Leroy Smith II. The older man died of multiple sharp force injuries, police and the state medical examiner said.
The younger man was scheduled to appear in court later in the week. He was originally being held for separate charges at the Cumberland County Jail. It was not immediately known if he was being represented by an attorney.
The older man’s body was found in a wooded area in Richmond. Investigators say it appears he was killed in an apartment and later moved. State police said investigators spent Tuesday searching for evidence in the Gardiner apartment shared by the Smiths.
The younger Smith has been investigated by the FBI for threats made to the U.S. president, according to Westborough, Massachusetts, police Chief Alan Gordon. Gordon said the man “thought he was God.”
He was taken into custody early Monday in Maine after he flagged down police officers on the side of the road and asked for directions, according to Westbrook Police Capt. Mike Nugent.
Nugent said Tuesday that that was when police learned about a warrant for his arrest in Massachusetts.