ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Trying to pin the blame on a "cannibalistic serial killer", a homeless man was arrested and charged Sunday in connection with the death of another homeless man on the Treasure Coast.
James Westberry, 55, who has been living in St. Lucie County, is accused of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Reason Jacob Young Jr.
Young's body was found two days after his death behind a Shell gas station just south of the Indian River-St. Lucie county line in the 6300 block of North U.S. 1.
The victim was covered by a blanket and lying on his back with visible trauma to his forehead, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
Investigators believe there was a significant fight and struggle.
The sheriff said Young had not been seen since Thursday after being involved in a dispute with Westberry over the rights to panhandle at the corner of North US 1, a Feeder Route and the wooded camp site.
Westberry was initially at the scene when deputies arrived Saturday. However, he fled from the scene but taken into custody on Sunday.
Westberry told detectives initially that whoever had killed Young had also eaten a piece of his flesh.
While an autopsy will determine the exact cause of death, there were no signs that anyone had eaten any flesh.
The wptv.com web team and reporter Jon Shainman contributed to this report.