VERO BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Michael Gray, 51, was found dead at his home after drinking a deadly milkshake, according to authorities.
The Indian River County Sheriff’s Department arrested Timothy E. Gochenour, 41, on homicide charges.
Gochenour rented a room at Gray’s house. Gray’s wife was out of town and asked police to check in on the house because she had concerns over Gochenour.
According to police, Gochenour told the investigators that Gray was a local bar but police then checked inside the house. That is when they found Gray’s body in bed covered with blankets.
Police say that Gochenour told them that he and Gray had been having an argument for several days over rent and privacy issues. Police said that he put a large amount of prescription medications in a milkshake and gave it to Gray with the intention of killing him.
Gochenour does have a police record. He is a registered sex offender. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office arrested him in 1997 for attempted sexual battery on a victim under 12, burglary of an occupied dwelling with an assault/battery, and unlawful sexual contact with a minor. He was convicted and served three years in prison and six years on probation. The Florida Department of Corrections show that he has been arrested and released since then.