The brother and housemate of a 60-year-old disabled stroke victim now face homicide charges after the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office ruled his death last week was a homicide.
Police say the men, Larry Duff, 56, and Jason Link, 22, beat Ronald Duff with fists and a stick, doused him with water and spray painted him in their Harrison Township home Oct. 14 after he dumped a bowl of soup on the floor.
The next day paramedics responded to the house, 112 Blueridge Drive, on a cardiac arrest 911 call and found Ronald Duff dead on a couch.
Family members said Ronald Duff was mentally disabled, suffered a stroke nine months ago and required assistance for his daily needs.
The death was initially considered suspicious, but an autopsy determined on Tuesday that it was homicide. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office is awaiting further test results to determine a cause of death.
The suspects previously were charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, and tampering with evidence. Larry Duff also has been charged with neglect of a care dependent person. Both were initially arrested last week and remain in Allegheny County Jail.