Man confesses to killing roommate; charged with second-degree murder

Man confesses to killing roommate; charged with second degree murder

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Police say a Memphis man first reported missing was actually stabbed to death by his roommate, then dumped in the woods.

The victim was last seen January 11 when he was dropped off at his home in the 4100 block of Kerwin Drive, according to a police affidavit.

Neighbors told police that after the victim came home, he got into an argument with his roommate, Johnny Brooks.

On Friday, police say they searched the home and found what appeared to be blood on the front porch and in the living room. They also found Brooks' garbage can several houses down the road with blood inside the can and on the lid.

Vivian Harper lives next door and has known 28-year-old suspect Brooks since he was 11.

"I never expected that," said Harper. "He's a real sweet guy, he's helped me in so many ways."

Sweet in no way describes what Brooks is accused of doing to 22-year-old Eric Hopson who became the focus of a City Watch after his disappearance.

During an interview with investigators, Brooks confessed to killing his roommate, then taking the body into the woods in a garbage can. Brooks said he covered the body with a tire, tree limbs, and a pile of leaves.

Investigators found the body where Brooks said he buried it.

Brooks has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held on a $75,000 bond.

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