Police said Coleman killed Long-Payton by strangling her and then put her body in the garbage.September 29, 2011
A man accused of murdering a woman and then putting her body in the trash entered a guilty plea Wednesday.
Joseph Coleman, 29, pleaded guilty to the murder of Latrice Long-Payton, 29, in September 2010.
Police said Coleman killed Long-Payton by strangling her and then put her body in the garbage.
In October 2010, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department received an anonymous tip there might be a dead body inside a home in the 5900 block of East Rawles Avenue. The caller told police the female was chocked and beat to death and then wrapped in plastic. The caller also stated there was a strong smell of rotting flesh inside the home.
According to a probable cause, Long-Payton was paying Coleman rent to stay in his house. He told police he last saw her three weeks before her body was found. He also told police the foul smell in his home was from dead possums he killed.
When police searched the trash can in the back of the home, they found the body of missing Long-Payton.
Police said Coleman told them he and Long-Payton got into a verbal argument, because he wanted her to move out of the home. He said she hit him in the face so he began beating and choking her until she died. Coleman also stated Samuel Taylor, 33, helped him wrap the victim’s body in plastic and place the body in the crawlspace of the home.
Taylor was charged with assisting a criminal.
Coleman will be sentenced October 28.