- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A man accused of leaving his father to die in a Willamette Valley house fire has told investigators he was on a four-day methamphetamine binge, was convinced his father wanted to kill him, and started the fire.

The Marion County sheriff’s office released a probable cause affidavit Thursday in the case of 36-year-old John Anthony Duran, accused of manslaughter in the death early Wednesday of 81-year-old Candido Duran.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1r9kebb) the younger Duran told investigators the fire began on a chair, he couldn’t put it out, and he fled. The sheriff’s office affidavit also says the son had second thoughts as he heard his father’s voice and turned back, but he couldn’t find his father in the smoke.

John Duran made an initial court appearance Thursday and did not enter a plea. Neither of his lawyers was immediately reachable by phone for comment late Friday afternoon.

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