An Ohio man allegedly shot his teenage girlfriend in the head and left her body to decompose for months on the balcony of his apartment, police said.
Bennie Washington39 years old, locked up for aggravated murder and abusing corpse for alleged murder Audreona Barnes, Cleveland.com reported.
Barnes – widely reported to be 19 years old but believed to be 18 years old in Cleveland.com Story–Reported as missing on July 30. Barnes met with recruiters for the United States Army, Sheriff Warrensville Heights Gregory Curry told WOIO last year. Recruiters picked her up from her boyfriend’s Cleveland apartment and dropped her off at the same location, he said.
“They just don’t know if she went back to the apartment or if she left,” the detective added.
At the time, Curry said there was no evidence of foul play, but he did not rule it out, and he described the boyfriend (whom the article did not name) as verbally hostile to the detective. and his partner. The man “exploded” and asked for a lawyer when they came to question him.
“He blew us up,” said the detective. “’I hate the police.’ Called us by all sorts of names. “
This all happened outside, Curry said, telling WOIO they never got into the apartment.
Now, police say, Washington was evicted from his apartment in Cleveland’s Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood on March 11. A house cleaner found Barnes’ remains under a pile of clothes and blankets. on Thursday, police said. Police believe she was taken outdoors to facilitate decomposition. Investigators said they found bullet casings near the body, and there was also a bullet hole in the interior wall.
19 News has learned that the body found Thursday on the balcony of a Cleveland apartment has been identified as Audreona Barnes. The 19-year-old girl went missing in July 2021. May she rest in peace. ♥ https://t.co/WKb6cqWD1B pic.twitter.com/CAVIlKFUH9
– Cleveland 19 News (@ cleveland19news) March 20, 2022
People are said to have called the police in Washington for “erratic behavior in public” in the weeks before his arrest. Washington also received a seven-year sentence in a 2010 case for shooting and wounding a woman in the back with a $40 cocaine debt.
Police said they first found him on Friday, but he fled, entered another person’s home and jumped out a window. Police eventually arrested him on Saturday.
Washington was locked up at the Cuyahoga County Jail for $2 million. The file does not have a lawyer.
[Booking photo via Cuyahoga County Jail]
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