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Deadly fire investigated as a homicide

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A fire in Baton Rouge early Tuesday morning claimed the life of an elderly man and now his grandson is in police custody after investigators ruled the man's death as a homicide.

Family members identified the victim as 76-year-old Pete Musso. They say he lived at the home on Glenda Drive where the fire started around 3:40am. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office says he experienced some sort of trauma to the head, which is why police are investigating it as a murder. Police have still not released a positive identification because they say one cannot be made visually. They will rely on DNA to do that, but it may take some time.

Musso's grandson, 29-year-old Dustin Musso is in custody in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the prime suspect. "And then this is what he does to him," said Theresa Musso, the victim's granddaughter. She says her grandfather took in his 29-year-old grandson to live with him.

Pete's white pickup was missing Tuesday morning and later found at the Greyhound bus station on Florida Blvd. Dustin was picked up at a bus station in Montgomery on Tuesday morning. He's charged with felony theft. Baton Rouge police detectives are going to Montgomery to question Dustin about the incident.

Meanwhile, family members say Pete Musso will be missed. "He was always at our house, every day. We fed him supper, I'm gonna miss that," Theresa said. "The only days he did not come was Tuesdays and Saturdays ‘cause he went to church."

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