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Man charged with murder after body found days after stabbing

March 5, 2019

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A 60-year-old man has been charged with murder after police in southwestern Michigan say they found his roommate’s body in a basement four to five days after he was fatally stabbed.

Benton Harbor police located 57-year-old Sylvester Booth’s body early Saturday. His roommate was arrested and the Berrien County prosecutor’s office says Jerry Lee Osler was arraigned Monday on charges of first-degree murder and concealing a death. Osler was jailed on $250,000 bond.

The Associated Press left a message Tuesday seeking comment from a public defender who appeared at Monday’s hearing.

Police say Booth was stabbed during a dispute over money. The prosecutor’s office says Booth had a stab wound to the chest and a knife blade and knife handle were found near his body.