Brazil brothers charged with burying father alive

RIO DE JANEIRO—Police in Brazil say two brothers are accused of killing their father by knocking him out with sleeping pills and then burying him alive.

Antonio Valente Filho is chief of police in Timon, Maranhao state. He tells Globo TV’s G1 website that the brothers, ages 18 and 21, confessed this week to the Dec. 29 crime.

G1 says they told police their father was a violent man who drank too much and didn’t accept their homosexuality. An autopsy confirmed the victim died underground of asphyxiation.

The father was an Afro-Brazilian religious leader. Valente Filho tells G1 the brothers might also have been seeking control of the religious grounds and congregation.

Calls to Timon police on Saturday were not immediately returned.

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