A Florida man has been arrested after allegedly killing his roommate for throwing his food away.
Bryan Marquez, 22, was arrested on Sunday, February 12, with police saying they responded to a call to a home in Fort Pierce on Florida’s east coast after an individual reported seeing blood in the backyard and what looked like be a shallow grave. .
When officers arrived at the area, they discovered a body partially buried in an 18-inch-deep hole with one foot “partially exposed,” according to the report. Law and Crime.
Arrest records state that police collected blood, rocks, gloves, plywood, shovels and a blanket from the backyard.
An autopsy revealed that a Hispanic male between the ages of 35 and 45 had been buried in the backyard. He had serious injuries to his face, as well as a broken nose and several broken ribs.
Marquez was questioned by police and immediately detained on a separate arrest warrant, authorities said, according to Law and Crime.
At the police station, he was asked about the body found in his home. Police said he confessed to killing his roommate, whom he knew only as “Guanajuato”.
The arrest report states that Mr. Marquez said that the roommate had thrown his plate of food on the floor and that he was disrespectful, Law and Crime reported.
Although he took no action at the time, Mr. Marquez reportedly said he changed his mind after having a few drinks and opted to go after Guanajuato. He said he punched Guanajuato in the ribs, face and nose, knocking him to the ground, where he grabbed dirt and gravel, stuffing it in his mouth.
He then shouted at Guanajuato to get up, but he didn’t move, at which point he realized his roommate had died, the documents state.
Marquez said he chose to drag the body across the yard and dig a shallow grave to bury Guanajuato before going to bed.
Marquez is now in prison on charges of first-degree murder.
Sergeant Charles Donnon of the Fort Pierce Police Department told CBS12 that “the officers who arrived first on the scene were caught off guard.”
“The place where we found the deceased was a very small place and at first they were very worried that it was a child, so everyone was nervous from the beginning,” he added.
Sergeant Dannon said the homeowner called the police when he spotted the leg, leading the police to Mr. Marquez, as he also lived on the property.
“He lived on the property. He rented a small shed on the north side of the landlord’s property,” said Sergeant Donnon. “There was a fight between them earlier in the day over food. He didn’t like that our victim threw food away. He indicated that he got drunk during the day, approached him at night and that’s what he did.
“We received word on Tuesday that he had already contacted his family and was purchasing a bus ticket to return to Mexico, so that’s when the hairs stand on end,” added Sgt Donnon.
Mr. Marquez was in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and both he and the victim were in the US illegally, according to CBS12.