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Son charged after father’s body found near California trail

November 28, 2018

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say an 18-year-old man killed his father by throwing rocks at him and stomping on his head near a Southern California hiking trail.

The Orange County Register reports Maximilian Ludwig was charged Tuesday with murder. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Fifty-nine-year-old Christopher Ludwig died Friday in a wooded area of Laguna Niguel.

Prosecutors say the victim’s son called authorities after the killing and was arrested at the scene.

The murder charge comes with a special circumstances allegation of lying-in-wait. Detectives say the younger Ludwig lead his father to the trail, where he attacked him.

He’s being held without bail.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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