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Cops: Homeless Florida Man Decapitates Another During Fight

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Mug shot of Ricky Leer. (credit: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

Mug shot of Ricky Leer. (credit: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office)

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SARASOTA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A homeless Florida man has been arrested for allegedly decapitating another man during a fight.

Ricky Leer, 48, has been charged with second degree murder.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports a 911 call came through early Tuesday morning from a witness who said that Leer killed someone by “chopping off his head.”

The witness told authorities a fight erupted when the victim accidentally knocked over the grill they were cooking steaks on. According to the police report, that’s when Leer knocked the victim to the ground, grabbed a machete-like knife and began to chop at the victim’s head.

Deputies later found Leer near the campsite drinking rum and leaning against a tree. He is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail.

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