Local Man Dies After Argument With Stepson

By: Trina Orlando

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Fayette County man has died following an argument with his stepson over flowers at a grave site.

Charles Rodeheaver, 69, died on Wednesday at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. That’s where he was flown after the fight with his stepson, 49-year-old Scott Rodeheaver, of Greene County.

Authorities say that the younger Rodeheaver was upset that the elder had removed flowers from his mother’s grave site at LaFayette Memorial Park outside Brownsville.

According to officials, Scott Rodeheaver confronted his stepfather at the Classic Diner on Route 40.

A waitress at the diner tells KDKA that the younger Rodeheaver came into the restaurant and began beating his stepfather with artificial flowers.

After the older Rodeheaver was on the ground, his stepson continued to yell at him and hit him with the flowers.

The Medical Examiner says cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Manner of death is listed as homicide.

The Fayette County District Attorney is still waiting to see the medical examiner’s report before making a decision about homicide charges.

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