Chicken-foot dispute leads to fatal beating in Tampa


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A Tampa man has been charged with manslaughter after an investigation revealed that he beat his roommate to death following a disagreement about a chicken foot, according to Tampa police.

James Jugo, 52, admitted in an interview with detectives Saturday that he beat his roommate, 56-year-old Benjamin Calderon, with his fist after an argument about some stolen food, police said.

The fight started Friday night when Jugo took a chicken foot from a skillet as Calderon cooked in the apartment they shared, police said.

Officers were later called to the apartment to investigate an "unexplained death."

An autopsy revealed that Calderon suffered internal bleeding after being hit numerous times about the face, neck and body, police said. A witness told police that she saw Jugo hit Calderon with a board.

Jugo was charged and booked in jail Saturday. He is being held on $15,000 bail.

Records show Jugo has been arrested 19 times in Florida on charges including burglary, cocaine possession, petty theft, probation violation, open container and possessing a dangerous dog.

Calderon has been arrested twice in the state, on charges of DUI and failure to appear.

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