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Bail Set for Columbus Man Accused of Double Murder, Body Burning
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A Franklin County judge set a million dollar bail amount for a man accused of killing two men before setting their bodies on fire.
Nicholas Roseberry was already behind bars on a purse snatching charge when he was arrested Wednesday for the murders of Jose Avilez and Richard Gill, whose bodies were found in a burning car on Forest Creek Dr. in South Columbus on August 30.
Roseberry admitted to investigators that he beat Avilez, 44, and Gill, 43, to death inside his Racine Ave. apartment before burning their bodies, according to police.
"Blood soaked furniture and clothing was found a short distance away from the home on Racine Ave.," Officer Ron Jacobs said. "Roseberry admitted to the murders."
Homicide detectives believe Roseberry, 29, and both victims were involved in drug activities, though they have not determined if that involvement played a role in the murders.
Investigators have also raised the possibility that the altercation is connected to Avilez's alleged suspicions that his girlfriend was involved in an affair with Roseberry.
investigators are attempting to determine if Roseberry received assistance while moving the bodies, as well as a bloody couch that was transported to a nearby home.
Police arrested Roseberry two days after the murders, following his involvement in an alleged purse snatching incident that occurred at Hollywood Casino.