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21-year-old charged with murder for setting man on fire after losing card game in Pasco County

Posted: 1:17 PM, Nov 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-13 13:17:46-05
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HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — A 21-year-old Pasco man was so angry about losing several thousand dollars in a card game that he set the other man’s car on fire with him inside.

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A Pasco County Sheriff’s arrest report says the victim was burned beyond recognition after playing cards with Michael Psilakis, 21, in October. Investigators haven’t released the victim’s name, citing Marsy’s Law, a state constitutional amendment designed to protect crime victims.

The sheriff's office says the body and vehicle were found in the woods Friday afternoon east of Baillies Bluff Road near Key Vista Nature Park.

A witness told investigators he’d played cards with the pair and Psilakis lost $3,500. The witness said Psilakis asked him whether he should kill the victim.

Initially, as part of the investigation, deputies arrested Psilakis at his mother's home in Port Richey because he was found driving a stolen vehicle with a gun inside.

According to the sheriff's office, he fought deputies when they tried to arrest him and he tried to run away after he was handcuffed.

Psilakis is charged with murder. He’s being held without bond. Records don’t list an attorney who could be contacted to comment for Psilakis.