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Police: Fla. Man Beats Couple With Bat Over Money Owed

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Hernando County Sheriff's officials arrested Craig Lede. He was charged Friday with two counts of premeditated murder. (Source: Hernando County Sheriff's Office)

Hernando County Sheriff’s officials arrested Craig Lede. He was charged Friday with two counts of premeditated murder. (Source: Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)

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MIAMI (CBS4/AP) — A Florida man was arrested after he allegedly killed two people, then drove to the victim’s mother’s home and asked for money while one of the victims was in the trunk of his car.

According to Hernando County Sheriff’s officials, Craig Lede was charged Friday with two counts of premeditated murder. He is being held without bail.

Officials said Lede confessed to beating Dana Nelson and John Ketsemidis with a bat earlier this week because they owed him money. He went to Ketsemidis’ mother’s home to try to obtain money.

She called police after not hearing from her son for a few days. Authorities went to Lede’s home to question him and saw a body wrapped in a blanket on the garage floor.

Sheriff Al Nienh said prescription drug abuse contributed to the deaths.

(© 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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