Brandon J. Biagioni, 32, (pictured at left) has been arrested on suspicion of homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary. He is suspected of killing James Marlow, 62, who was able to tell deputies that Biagioni struck him in the head before he died, according to a sheriff's department press release.
Deputies responded to the 9200 block of Pershing Avenue in Orangevale just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday regarding a person trespassing. A woman told dispatchers that she was house-sitting at the address and that a former tenant of the home was refusing to leave.
The woman, Marlow's wife, was fearful so she called her husband to come to protect her until deputies could arrive.
While deputies were en route, they learned that Marlow had been hit by a baseball bat by the former tenant, who deputies identified as Biagioni. Deputies spoke with Marlow and his wife who were seated outside the home.
"Marlow had sustained head injuries from the attack, but was able to provide a statement to deputies in which he identified Biagioni as his assailant," said a sheriff's department press release.
Biagioni walked out of the home and was detained without incident. He was taken to jail.
Marlow was taken to the hospital where he died several hours later. Investigators learned that Marlow had brought the bat to the home to defend himself and his wife.
Investigators believe that Biagioni launched an unprovoked assault on Marlow, knocking him to the ground. Biagioni is then suspected of picking up the bat and striking Marlow in the head.