Pleasant Hill man arrested in father’s death

A man arrested Sunday night in connection with the death of his father was already in jail in Concord on suspicion of driving under the influence, Pleasant Hill police Lt. Peter Enea said today.

Police arrested Pleasant Hill resident Peter Magganas, 24, inside the Contra Costa County jail after they found his father, Evangelos “Jerry” Magganas, 56, dead inside his Pleasant Hill home, Enea said.

Concord police had previously arrested Peter Magganas on charges of drunken driving, assault with a deadly weapon and fighting with police officers, Enea said.

Peter Magganas was in jail when Pleasant Hill police arrested him on suspicion of murder and announced a $1 million bail had been set, according to police.

Police say they believe that Peter Magganas murdered his father inside his father’s home in the 100 block of Starlyn Drive in Pleasant Hill.

Police were led to the scene Sunday when they received a 911 call from a woman who said she had talked on the phone with Peter Magganas, who had allegedly told the woman there was a dead person in the home, according to police. The caller was later identified as Peter Magganas’ mother and Jerry Magganas’ex-wife, Enea said.

Police arrived at Jerry Magganas’ home about 7 p.m. and found he had sustained blunt force trauma with an unknown weapon, Enea said.

Enea said Peter Magganas lived in a separate home but had access to the house on Starlyn Drive, a neighborhood of single-family houses.

Police have received previous calls of noise complaints to the Magganas house, but no complaints of violence or domestic disturbance had been made, Enea said.

Jerry Magganas had other children who were not in the house because they are away at college, according to Enea.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, Enea said.

— Bay City News

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