By Mike Dever - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two men accused of killing a Lexington man and storing his body for months in a plastic tub in the basement of their home in Old Louisville will be tried separately.
Joseph Banis and Jeffrey Mundt are both charged with murdering James Carroll's murder at their home on south Fourth Street in June of 2010. Police were called to the home late on June 17 after neighbors reported a disturbance.
After Banis was taken into custody, police say he told them there was a body buried in the basement. Officers returned to the home with a search warrant and found Carroll's body buried in a blue plastic tub under the basement's dirt floor.
Both men claim they did not kill Carroll and both say they helped dispose of the body because they were afraid of the other.
On Friday, a judge ruled that Banis and Mundt will have separate trials. The trial date was set for December.
Prosecutors say they're examining around 900,000 computer files taken from the home.