Police have arrested a 40-year-old man in connection with a body that was found wrapped in a carpet on the Northside Monday.
Earl E. Speller
, Indianapolis, was preliminarily charged with the murder of his roommate, according to an Indianapolis Metropolitan police report. The report identified the roommate, but IMPD spokeswoman Linda Jackson said the family of the roommate has not been notified.
The body was found wrapped in carpeting by a garbage bin
at 9 a.m. Monday in the 3700 block of North Meridian Street.
Speller told police he killed the roommate on Feb. 3 and kept the body in his apartment until St. Valentine's Day.
Detectives Bill Rogers and Robert Flack discovered from talking to the maintenance man at the Howland Manor Apartments that the carpeting in which the roommate was wrapped was used in only four apartment units.
The detectives knocked on door Apt. No. 204 and when Speller opened it, the detectives smelled "a strong odor of decomposing flesh,"
according to the report.
Flack noticed a "large section of carpet that was missing from the living room area," according to the report, and the investigators also saw bloodstains on the floor and walls
Brown confessed to the killing and said he kept the roommate's body, unwrapped, in the apartment for four days, then rolled him in the carpet and put his body in a closet.