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Son charged with slaying 83-year-old father in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a man on a murder charge Friday in connection with the death of his 83-year-old father.

Stephen Coffeen, 40, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder, St. Petersburg police said.

Coffeen is accused of killing his father, Robert Coffeen. The elderly man's body was found Friday afternoon in his home at 1560 53rd St. N.

"We were actually called by the family," said Detective Rodney Tower. "When they got here, they saw the body and called us."

Police arrived about 3:45 p.m.

Stephen Coffeen was at the home when police arrived, Tower said. He was taken into custody without a struggle, officials said.

Police did not release any information about a motive, nor did they release details about the killing.

Officials still were interviewing Stephen Coffeen late Friday. Family members could not be reached for comment.

"We're doing what we can to sort through everything," Tower said.

Kameel Stanley can be reached at (727) 893-8643 or

Son charged with slaying 83-year-old father in St. Pete 12/18/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 9:30pm]
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