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50-Pound Dumbbell Used By Son To Crush Dad's Skull in Logan Square: Charges

By  Mina Bloom and Erica Demarest | October 17, 2017 1:22pm | Updated on October 17, 2017 5:24pm

 Latin King gang member Carlos Duarte, 33, is charged with killing his father.
Latin King gang member Carlos Duarte, 33, is charged with killing his father.
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LOGAN SQUARE — A Logan Square man has been charged with beating his father to death with a 50-pound dumbbell last week.

Carlos Duarte, 33, a self-admitted member of the Latin Kings gang, told police he choked, repeatedly punched and beat his 55-year-old father, Sylvester Duarte, with a 50-pound dumbbell on Thursday morning, according to an arrest report.

Carlos Duarte, of the 2900 block of North Gresham Avenue, is now charged with first-degree murder.

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On Oct. 10, the father and son got into a fight over gang signs the younger man drew in the apartment the two shared, according to the Tribune. Though Carlos Duarte left the apartment that night, he returned to the home two days later to kill his father, prosecutors said.

Police arrived at the home around 10:15 a.m. Thursday to find Sylvester Duarte with a fractured skull and other trauma. He was pronounced dead on the scene, according to authorities.

The Cook County Medical Examiner said he died from blunt-force head injuries.

Carlos Duarte was denied bail Saturday. He is next scheduled to appear in court Nov. 3.

Duarte's public defender requested hospital treatment, stating that his client "talks directly to God” and “seems out of it, staring blankly at his attorney."

According to a spokeswoman with the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Duarte was being treated by the jail's hospital, Cermak Health Services at 2800 S. California Ave., on Tuesday.