Police are seeking murder charges against Robert Hoselton, 39, in connection with the death of a 42-year-old man who was found Thursday evening in his Pleasant Hill home, a few blocks from Walnut Creek's Larkey Park, the Contra Costa Times reports.
Hoselton had been arrested earlier Thursday after a brief stand-off with police at his estranged wife's home about three miles north in Pleasant Hill. According to police, Hoselton barricaded himself in the Mary Drive house, set it on fire, and stabbed hmself.
Police decided to seek the murder charges against Hoselton after discovering the body of Manuel Gwin at about 7:40 p.m. at 2900 Dorothy Drive. Police had gone to Gwin's home to perform a welfare check after being told that he was not answering telephone calls and that a friend spotted what looked like blood on his front porch.
Police said that Gwin and Hoselton's estranged wife were friends, but declined to comment further on the relationship.