Son Charged After Father Dies From '06 Beating

POSTED: Friday, October 16, 2009 - 8:19am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

A Las Cruces man has died more than three years after reportedly being beaten by his son. Investigators say the attack happened in February of 2006. Police say 24 year old Richard Serna hit his father, Richard Astorga, on the head with a baseball bat. Astorga suffered serious brain injuries and died at a nursing home last month. The Office of the Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. His son is now charged with murder.

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