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Roommate arrested in Washington homicide investigation


WASHINGTON (WEEK) -- A 32-year-old Washington man has been arrested and preliminary charged for first-degree murder in connection to Monday's homicide, the city's police chief said.

Jordan J. Hyde was arrested for murder and taken to Tazewell County Jail after being interviewed by police during the investigation Monday, Washington Police Department Chief Mike McCoy said at a press briefing Tuesday.

The victim, Hyde's roommate, died of apparent stab wounds. His identity is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin, McCoy said.

Officers were called to the apartment complex in the 600 block of East Holland at about 12:40 p.m. Monday for a complaint of an open door to an apartment and items inside thrown about.

When officers entered the residence, the apartment was in "disarray" and the victim, described as a white male, was located in a bedroom with no signs of life, McCoy said.

Police then talked with several people near the scene and a person of interest was identified.

Hyde, the person of interest, was located walking about 2 miles away from the scene. Police approached Hyde, who had a red substance on him consistent with blood, McCoy said.

Hyde consented to be escorted to the police department for an interview. He was then arrested and transported to the county jail, McCoy said.

The police chief said they have recovered what appears to be the murder weapons.

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