A man in Texas has been charged with murder, after detectives said he tied his mother's ex-boyfriend to his own truck and dragged him down the road, before setting the vehicle on fire and walking away.

37-year-old Robert Eugene Hoffpauir was arrested in connection with the murder of Roman Rodriguez, 60, his mother, Timey Ann Cole's ex-boyfriend, the Liberty County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) said.

"Right now, it seems like it was a domestic situation that went totally out of control and the son stepped in, took action he shouldn't have taken—far beyond what was called for," LCSO spokesman Ken Defoor told KHOU 11.

Investigators allege Rodriguez went to Hoffpauir's home near Rye, Texas, on Saturday night and the two men got into a fight over the relationship between Rodriguez and Hoffpauir's mother. Detectives claim Rodriguez was severely beaten by Hoffpauir, who then tied a tow strap around the Rodriguez's waist and attached it to his pick-up truck.

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