Lebanon man accused of beating and strangling his 80-year-old father to death

LEBANON, Ind. -- A Lebanon man beat and strangled his 80-year-old father to death last week, according to police.

Lebanon police officers were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of Terrace Lane on March 13 for a report of an unresponsive person.

They arrived to find 80-year-old James Buchanan Sr. lying unresponsive on the floor of the residence and suffering from apparent trauma.

Buchanan's son, 48-year-old James Buchanan Jr., was also found pacing around inside the residence.

Buchanan Sr. was transported to Witham Hospital and then to an Indianapolis-area hospital in critical condition. On Saturday, Buchanan Sr. was pronounced dead in Indianapolis as a result of his injuries.

Buchanan Jr. was arrested last week on preliminary charges of aggravated battery and strangulation. He remains in custody at the Boone County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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