Florida Golfer Arrested For Punching 87-Year-Old Man Over Car Dispute, Victim Dies From Injuries

 August 6, 2023

According to police, a Florida suspect was recently arrested for manslaughter, after allegedly punching an elderly man on a golf course in June. According to an arrest affidavit, reportedly obtained by FOX 35 Orlando, the incident began, on June 28, at the Glenview County Club in The Villages. Dean William Zook died from his injuries, weeks later - just one day before his 88th birthday.

Apparently, the victim accidentally hit a car that Moore believed was his, prompting a confrontation. Robert Edward Moore Jr., 76, was charged with one count of aggravated manslaughter on an elderly person on July 27. The victim, 87-year-old Dean William Zook, died weeks after the confrontation due to the injuries he incurred.

Zook attempted to protect himself with his hands, but reportedly, he was unable to. Zook began to slur his speech and became unsteady, during an interview with deputies. He was transported to a local hospital, where doctors discovered that his brain was bleeding.

Reportedly, Moore told deputies that he thought Zook was trying to flee the scene of accident. After realizing that the car did not belong to him, Moore left. Reportedly, authorities were able to arrest Moore, after they discovered an article about him scoring a hole-in-one in November 2022.  When arrested he was wearing the same shorts, shoes and sunglasses as he was during the incident.

According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office affidavit-

"At the time, an unknown white male subject approached the scene of the minor accident and exclaimed, ‘What the hell, you hit my car!’"… "The victim admitted to hitting the vehicle with his vehicle and asked to exchange insurance information. The unknown subject then struck the 87-year-old victim in the jaw with a closed fist, pushing him backwards."…"The defendant also admitted to knowing the victim was older and appeared to be frail, but stated he did not think he was 87 years of age”

- Sumter County Sheriff's Office Affidavit

Moore was arrested without incident and transported to the Sumter County Detention Center. He was held on a bond of $30,000.  This incident, is an ongoing Sumter County Sheriff's Office investigation.

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