On Wednesday evening, about 7 p.m., Calvin Jerome Pirtle and his girlfriend arrived at the home they shared in the 4600 block of W. Mill Road and found two pools of thick coagulated blood on their living room floor.
According to a complaint issued today, Pirtle told his girlfriend that the blood was his. Though he did have a cut, she did not believe him.
She wanted him to call the police, but Pirtle instead went outside and told a police officer he had been robbed a week or so ago. An officer came into the house, saw the blood, but believed the blood was Pirtle's and left.
And so Pirtle and the woman began to clean up. They used buckets, rags, bleach and an electric shampooer. The woman would later tell police that the carpet was so drenched with blood that the shampooer could not soak it up.
The woman became upset. Pirtle told her, "Just give me a hug."
The woman's clothes were piled in the living room. The clothes had been in a large plastic bag. Now the bag was gone. And in the pile were a pair of shoes that did not belong to the woman. Pirtle told her they were a gift.
The next morning, the woman found a curling iron in the bathroom.
"I bought you that too," Pirtle told her.
In the basement, the woman found a 32-gallon plastic garbage can. In the can was a large black plastic bag. The woman looked in the bag and immediately called the police.
It was about 8 a.m. when the first officer arrived. He cut a slit in the plastic bag and discovered the body of a nude woman.
A driver's license and Social Security card found in the garbage can identified the woman as 21-year-old Yasmine Tatum-Massey.
She had bruises on the top of her head, cuts on her hand and forearm. Bloody duct tape was found in the garbage, as well as some of her clothes. An autopsy would conclude she had been strangled by hand.
The complaint issued today charges Pirtle with first-degree intentional homicide.
If convicted, Pirtle, who is 29, faces up to life in prison.