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A 19-year-old who shot and mutilated his roommate confessed his actions to 9-1-1 dispatchers, even detailing the circumstances that brought him into the Mountain View home of the victim.
â€śUm, I took some pills and then some more pills and I murdered my roommate,â€ť Michael Anderson told a 9-1-1 dispatcher with Catawba County Communications. â€śI shot him three times and then used an axe and mutilated his body.â€ť
Anderson has been charged with murder in the Monday morning death of Stephens Starr, 36, in the Mountain View area. Anderson called 9-1-1 about 4:54 a.m. Monday.
â€śI overdosed on Mucinex DM, theÂ Dextromethorphan makes me feel a little weird and I took too many," Anderson told the 9-1-1 dispatcher. â€śI started getting real bad on drugs.. and then I killed my roommate. I can't believe I killed my roommate. My life is ruined.â€ť
Throughout the call, the 9-1-1 dispatcher tried to keep Anderson calm. First directing him to put down a gun he said he was holding, then instructing him to sit in a chair near the front door of the Ruth Drive home, where Anderson apparently lived with Starr.
â€śOK, I need you to stay on the phone with me until they get there. OK?â€ť the 9-1-1 operator said. â€śWe're going to get you some help. Alright? I promise.â€ť
Anderson described details behind the relationship he had with Starr. He also told the operator that he â€śdid some things to the body that you donâ€™t want them to see.â€ť Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office investigators said Starrâ€™s body had a word carved into it, but declined to provide further information. Investigators also said words were written in ink on the victimâ€™s body.
â€śI was straight, and I wanted to go bisexual and just to experiment and I went to a gay club and I met him and I went to his house,â€ť Anderson said during the 9-1-1 call. â€śAnd he took me in, and I turned straight again. And he wanted to touch me and stuff, and I wouldn't let him. And he kept trying, and I waited until he went to sleep and then I shot him three times and then I mutilated him very badly and I'm sorry ...â€ť
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