Man accused in smothering death of father at Tucson home

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Pima County authorities say a man is in custody in connection with the smothering death of his 89-year-old father seven months ago.
 
County Sheriff's officials say 57-year-old Michael Thomas Eckhardt is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder.
 
Eckardt lives in Los Gatos, California. It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer.
 
Paramedics responded to a Tucson-area home on May 26 and deputies were called to the scene where they found the body of 89-year-old Hans Albert Eckhardt.
 
Deputies say Michael Eckhardt claimed his father woke up in the middle of the night yelling and calling him by a different name.
 
Michael Eckhardt allegedly placed a pillow over his father's face and the elderly man stopped breathing.
 
The county Medical Examiner ruled the smothering death as a homicide.