- Police have charged a man with the death of his roommate in Las Vegas
A Las Vegas sex offender has been arrested, charged with the murder of a woman after her family found her decomposing body stashed in a closet in his home.
George Anthony Bone, 31, was arrested on Wednesday, believed by police to have killed his roommate and lived with the body out of fear she would resurrect.
The victim was identified as Beverly Ma, a high-school friend of the accused who moved in with Bone as a roommate last summer.
Bone told police that Ma had died by suicide and admitted knowing that she had been dead for ‘a while’, according to court documents.
He allegedly told investigators he kept the air conditioning on at 60 degrees (15.5C) because of the number of flies that had swarmed the house, the arrest report noted.
According to the report, Bone told investigators he was waiting to see if she would wake up ‘like the movie ‘The Grudge”.
Local authorities believe he kept her body in the closet with a belt around her neck as he feared going to jail.
Authorities were alerted after Ma’s family became concerned for her, unable to get through after calling 84 times.
Bone reportedly told the family he did not call the police because he knew he would be arrested ‘for being a person of color’.
Ma’s body was found at the house in the 5300 block of Railroad River Avenue near Lindell Road and Eldorado Lane.
In the arrest report, he was noted as having said: ‘Since my truth is sounding so much like lies, I think I need to get an attorney.’
Bone is set to appear in court on August 1.
Police suspect Bone strangled Ma in May, according to documents.
On May 4, dispatchers received a 911 call from Ma and heard a man and a woman screaming at each other, police said.
When they checked in the next day, nobody answered the door.
‘Bone went about living at the house with Beverly deceased in the upstairs closet for the next two months and began ordering several items on Beverly’s Amazon account using her funds for his own gain,’ police said.
In July, someone texted from her phone declining a July 4 party invitation as she ‘wanted to be sober, not travel and not be around people’.
Bone was being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.
He admitted his behavior was ‘not normal’ following his roommate’s death.
Bone is a level-three registered sex offender in Nevada after accepting a 2013 no-contest plea to attempted lewdness with a child under the age of 14.
He was sentenced to two-to-eight years in prison.