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Ridge Manor man accused of killing his father for oxycodone

RIDGE MANOR — After luring his dad to a vacant house in a remote section of Hernando County on Monday night, a young man blasted his father in the back with a 12-gauge shotgun, authorities said Wednesday.

As Ivan Horne lay dying in the dirt, Stephen Horne fired three more blasts into his father's torso, Hernando detectives said. Then, Stephen Horne and an accomplice stripped off the dead man's shorts and took off.

The target of the bloody ambush? The 22 oxycodone pills and cash in the man's pockets, according to an arrest report.

Deputies alerted to the gruesome scene at 6478 Otter Drive on Tuesday morning found Ivan Horne's body clad in a pair of boxer shorts, white socks and a black long-sleeve shirt.

Investigators also found a key clue: a piece of a prescription with a name visible, which helped them identify the 47-year-old victim and the two suspects.

The arrest report says that Stephen Horne, 19, told detectives when he was arrested that he had called his father on Monday about 10:30 p.m. and arranged to meet him in Tampa. He was accompanied by Angel Gonzalez, 26, of 1050 Solar Drive, Holiday.

Horne and Gonzalez then drove the victim to the Otter Drive house, on a lime rock road in a remote section of Ridge Manor Estates not far from Stephen Horne's home at 35029 Broken Stone St. Horne told his father that Gonzalez lived there.

Once there, as the three men walked toward the back of the house, Horne fired the shotgun into his father's back, the report states, adding that he pumped three more rounds into him as he lay on the ground.

After taking off his father's pants, Horne told detectives, he and Gonzalez drove to Stephen Horne's home and took out the oxycodone pills and about $640.

Horne then buried his father's clothing and the shotgun in his back yard, according to the report.

Despite the noise from four shotgun blasts, George Renker, who lives about 200 yards from the home where the shooting took place, said he didn't hear anything out of the ordinary Monday night. "It's pretty quiet out here," Renker said Tuesday morning. "I didn't know anything went on over there."

According to records, Stephen Horne has a criminal record as a juvenile and an adult and has been arrested on charges of felony burglary with assault/battery and misdemeanor theft. Gonzalez also has a record of felony drug arrests.

Stephen Horne was arrested Wednesday on a murder charge and was being held at the Hernando County Jail without bail.

Gonzalez, who was also arrested Wednesday morning, told detectives that he received some of the pills and money they had taken from Ivan Horne after he was dead. Gonzalez was arrested on a charge of murder and was being held at the Hernando County Jail also without bail.

Ivan Horne also had a criminal record in Florida dating to the late 1970s. In addition to arrests for drug possession, records show that in 2002 he was sentenced to three years in prison for burglary of an occupied structure.

Logan Neill can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1435.

Ridge Manor man accused of killing his father for oxycodone 05/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 10:18pm]
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