Deputies: Martin County man hides girlfriend's body in his bedroom
Victim's family speaks to NewsChannel 12
Deputies arrested a Martin County man for allegedly hiding his girlfriend's body in his bedroom for several days. Investigators said the suspect even shared his bed with the corpse.
According to deputies, 44-year-old Randall Edward Johnson, of Williamston, kept the body of his girlfriend, Carla Jean Baggett, in his bedroom from April 3-6. Baggett was last seen alive on April 3.
Investigators said Baggett's mother, sister and nephew also lived at the home, located on Ballard Rd. They said they smelled a foul odor and knew something was wrong.
Baggett's nephew who lived at the home, Jeremy Bogle, said every time family members asked Johnson if Baggett was going to come out of her room, Johnson always had an excuse- she was either sleeping or smoking a cigarette.
"That Saturday morning, my grandma went in there and said, 'Randy, I’m sick of this, I’m going to wake my daughter up.' So she crawled over him and as soon as she touched [Baggett], she said she was cold, stiff and she was gone," said Bogle.
Deputies said then they arrived at the residence on Saturday, they discovered Baggett's decomposing body. The body was then taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville for an autopsy. Although the cause of death was unknown, no foul play was suspected, deputies said.
Lt. Drew Robinson, of the Martin County Sheriff's Office, said in his years on the job, he's never investigated a case quite like this.
"It appears that the victim had been dead for several days. However, at this time we are unable to say an exact time or date of the death," Lt. Robinson said.
Johnson was arrested on Saturday and was charged with felony concealing a death from law enforcement. He was being held under a $100,000.00 secured bond. The investigation is ongoing, deputies said.
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