updated 5/29/2009 6:11:04 PM ET 2009-05-29T22:11:04

A homeless man beheaded a good Samaritan who had given him a place to stay, south Florida authorities say.

Lee County Sheriff's deputies went to 70-year-old Charles Rogers' apartment Thursday and found his body in his wheelchair. His head had been placed near the front door.

A home health care provider identified 55-year-old Robert Cope as the man who had been staying with Rogers, police said. Neighbors say Rogers was a good Samaritan-type who often helped people.

Authorities said they found Cope's shoe prints at the scene and he had blood on his shoes when they arrested him.

Cope is charged with second-degree murder and being held without bond. The jail where he was being held did not know if he has an attorney.

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