Man arraigned on torture and murder charges for death of father in Rancho Santa Fe mansion

D.A. to decide if death penalty should be sought
Posted at 5:50 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 20:50:42-04

A man accused in the beating and choking death of his 71-

year-old father in the victim's Rancho Santa Fe home pleaded not guilty Friday

to murder and torture charges that could lead to the death penalty if he is


   Leighton Dorey IV, 39, was ordered held without bail, pending  a June 15

preliminary hearing.

   The defendant was arrested Wednesday in a wooded area near Idyllwild in

Riverside County.

   Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood said the defendant -- living in

Europe the past four years --  showed up out of the blue at his father's home

on Tuesday, driving a Jeep.

   Greenwood said the relationship between Dorey IV and his father,

Leighton Dorey III, had been contentious for a while.

   The wife of Leighton Dorey III found his body in a back room of their

house in the 17200 block of La Brisa upon returning from an outing shortly

before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

   Greenwood said the victim suffered facial, spinal and neck fractures in

what he called "a savage attack."

   An autopsy determined the victim died of blunt-force trauma to his head,

neck and upper body, as well as strangulation, sheriff's homicide Lt. Kenneth

Nelson said.


   The death was ruled a homicide.