Deputies: Homeless man kills mother at homeless camp

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla - The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says a homeless man killed his mother and choked his girlfriend at known homeless camp in Crystal River.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon at around 3:00 p.m.  According to Citrus County deputies, Benjamin Dick was drinking behind Farmers Furniture in Crystal River with his girlfriend, mother and Shannon Parker.

Authorities say Dick got into an argument with his girlfriend and began choking her.  Dick’s mother then made some derogatory statements towards his girlfriend.  Dick then led his mother to a ravine to strangle, stabbed and bury in a shallow grave.

Deputies received a tip that a murder occurred.  They searched the area surrounding the homeless camp and found the grave site of Dick's mother, Jennifer Brooks.

Dick was arrested for 2nd degree murder at the scene along with witness tampering and felony battery. Shannon Parker was also arrested for witness tampering and felony battery.

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