Published: Jul 11, 2012 1:37 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut have filed a murder charge against a 38-year-old Florida man who they say confessed to killing his father in 2008 by pushing him down a flight of stairs at the father's Farmington home.
    
The death of 66-year-old Evans Whilby originally had been ruled an accident.
    
Farmington police say they reopened the case after authorities in Melbourne Beach, Fla., called them on June 29 to say that Michael Whilby, of Palm Bay, Fla., had come in and confessed to the crime.
    
Whilby was brought back to Connecticut on Tuesday after waiving extradition and was being held on a $1 million bond while awaiting arraignment.
    
Farmington police said it was the younger Whilby who notified them of his father's death in 2008. He told them he had gone to the home after his dad failed to show up for a business meeting in Las Vegas, police said.
    
Whilby told police he went inside the house after seeing his father's car in the driveway and found the elder Whilby dead at the bottom of the stairs.
    
At that time, the evidence led police to believe the death was accidental, the department said in a news release Wednesday.
    
It was not immediately clear what led Michael Whilby to confess. He was scheduled to be arraigned later Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court.

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