Arrest made in death of elderly man

tolerThe Escambia County Sheriff’s Office reports 34-year-old Marcus Ferrell Toler from Pensacola has been charged with aggravated battery on an elderly person in the death of 76-year-old Ben Stallworth.

According to the report, deputies responded March 4 to a disturbance in the 1700 block of Lakeview. The victim was sitting on the couch with obvious injuries. EMS arrived and the victim lost consciousness before being transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim’s son stated to deputies that he had heard his father yell for him and upon entering the room, discovered an unidentified black male in a struggle with his father. The suspect fled.

Forensic evidence and witness interviews led to his arrest. Toler was charged with one count of aggravated battery on an elderly person and given no bond pending first appearance. Charges could be upgraded when the Medical Examiner’s final report is completed.

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