Police: Bucks man clubbed father to death

Posted: April 04, 2014

Jazs Bronner told police that his father died after he fell and hit his head on a 10-pound barbell, the result of a father-and-son fistfight.

But police said the autopsy told a different story: Orlando Bronner, 73, was struck at least four times in the head with a blunt object, and parts of his skull contained bits of metal and paint from the gold-colored free weight.

Jazs Bronner, 44, was arrested late Tuesday in Bristol Township, Bucks County, and charged with a general count of homicide, the degree to be decided in court. He was sent to the Bucks County Prison without bail. According to court documents, Bronner had moved in with his father in the Winder Village section of the township about four months ago.

According to the documents, which did not address the cause of the fight, Jazs Bronner gave the following account:

His father confronted him inside the home and asked him if he thought he was a "tough guy" before throwing a "haymaker" punch.

A fight ensued with father and son wrapping each other into "bear hugs" before falling to the floor like "a sack of potatoes." He then saw his father on the floor bleeding from the head, and he believed that his skull had struck a barbell on the floor.

Bronner fled the house, driving to his mother's home in Trenton. Bronner told her what happened and the two returned to the house in Bristol Township and called 911, according to court documents.

A woman who answered the phone at the home of Bronner's mother declined to comment. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for next week.


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