Authorities in Connecticut say a man kicked his roommate dozens of times, killing him during an attack that took place while he was unconscious on the floor.
According to the New York Post, a dozen people including the suspect and victim lived at the home in Milford at the time of the alleged attack on Sunday evening.
Police reports indicate 57-year-old Ricky Garcia is accused of kicking 49-year-old Christopher Peckham as many as 50 times.
An arrest report he suspect called police to report finding Peckham dead, later admitting that he kicked the victim “no more than two times.”
Investigators say evidence suggests Peckham had passed out on a bedroom floor when Garcia entered and began battering him in an apparent attempt to revive him.
“I stomped him,” Garcia would reportedly go on to tell police. “He was kicking at me and I dropped the hammer on him.”
Peckham’s sister described a violent attack that included Garcia kicking her brother repeatedly in the stomach, adding that the two were “constantly fighting over things she couldn’t really specify,” police reports indicate.
“He admitted some involvement and then, as we interviewed more and more people, we were able to determine that he was a lot more involved and he was a lot more violent and physical,” said Milford Police Officer Michael DeVito. “By the end of the night, he admitted to that maybe he was a little bit more violent and that maybe he hit him more than just a few times.”
Garcia has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the first degree and was still behind bars with bond set at $250,000, as of the latest reports available.
[Featured image: Ricky Garcia, Milford Police Department]