Authorities in California have released some grisly details about a high-profile murder case in which a former Saucon Valley resident is accused of strangling and beating his father to death.
According to NBC 7-San Diego, San Diego County Sheriff’s Office detectives have called the murder of Leighton Dorey III–which his son, Leighton Bromiluy Dorey IV, 39, is charged with–one of the most brutal crimes they have investigated in years.
Leighton Dorey III, 71, was found dead in his Rancho Santa Fe mansion on May 30, after Dorey IV reportedly flew to California with a plane ticket purchased by his mother, Bucks County realtor and ex-wife of the victim Carol Dorey.
According to the NBC 7 story published Wednesday, when his body was found by his current wife, Kimberly, fragments of Leighton Dorey III’s teeth were scattered around him and he was surrounded by a large amount of blood at the bottom of a staircase.
Before the murder, Dorey reportedly emailed his father and requested $1,000 per month from him, threatening him if he refused to give it to him, the TV station reported, citing investigators.
Dorey IV attended Saucon Valley High School in the mid-1990s, where he was known by the nickname “LB.” In recent years he had been living abroad in France, according to posts on his Facebook page and previously published reports.
Shortly after the murder, Dorey was arrested in Idyllwild, Calif., which is about 100 miles from Rancho Santa Fe, the San Diego Tribune reported in May.