A Tennessee man murdered his roommate and then stuffed his body into a suitcase.
Memphis police were called to a suspicious item in an alley behind a Regions Bank parking lot in the city. According to the local news, the responding officers found a suitcase there and discovered the remains of a man later identified as 63-year-old Bruce Jefferies. It was later determined that Jefferies died by blunt force trauma.
A witness told police he saw a man dragging a suitcase to an alley at about 10 a.m. that day, according to an affidavit. Surveillance video also corroborated the witness’ statement. The witness added that he saw the suspect attempt to throw the suitcase in a dumpster, but it was apparently too heavy.
The suspect took off from the scene when he noticed he was being watched, according to the affidavit. Police found an easy-to-follow blood trail from the suitcase leading back to an apartment complex.
Officials obtained a search warrant for an apartment where the blood trail stopped and found signs of a struggle inside, including broken glass, a broken mirror, and blood in the bedroom, Local TV affiliate Fox 13 reported. Papers and other belongings of a man named Julian Summers were also found inside.
A smaller suitcase similar to the one containing Jefferies’ remains was also found in the apartment unit, while clothing with blood on it was found in a washing machine, police said.
Summers, 30, was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.
Summers had been Jefferies’ roommate for the last two years, police said.