Son Beats Dad to Death With Baseball Bat on Father's Day: Police

Police say an attorney found dead in the home of his estranged wife, the treasurer of a Pennsylvania county, was fatally beaten by his son with a bat on Father's Day.

State police said in a complaint filed Wednesday that 37-year-old Michael Marchalk had repeatedly threatened 60-year-old Gary Marchalk in recent months. The suspect had lived with his father a few days before the beating and was supposed to enter a drug treatment program Monday.

Instead, police say, the suspect beat and robbed his father, took a vehicle and fled the Ryan Township home the victim shared with his wife, Linda, the Schuylkill county treasurer. Authorities are still searching for Micahel Marchalk.

Police say another son, Matthew, found his father's body Monday morning and called police.


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Records show Michael Marchalk was released Jan. 10 from Schuylkill County Prison and months earlier was jailed in Fayette County on retail theft charges, local media reported.

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