Man accused of killing father, stabbing mother in fight over food

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NEW ORLEANS — A man is accused of killing his father and stabbing his mother because they ordered fast food and didn’t get any for him, authorities in Louisiana said.

Ronald Pritchett, 32, faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and auto theft, Jefferson Parish spokesman John Fortunato said.

Pritchett, of Mississippi, was visiting his parents in Louisiana when a fight broke out over food, police said. Other family members who were in the home at the time said the suspect grabbed a knife and went upstairs to confront his parents, police said.

There, he found his mother and father locked in their bedroom. Police said Pritchett kicked open the door and began attacking both his parents.

Percival Pritchett, 58, and his wife Renitta Pritchett, 57, were stabbed, police said. The father died at a hospital. His wife was treated and released, University Medical Center spokeswoman Aleis Tusa said.

Their son jumped into his father’s car and took off from the home, police said.

He was arrested Thursday at a relative’s home in Mississippi and waived extradition to Louisiana, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.