Co-defendant in Old Louisville murder testifies against former boyfriend

Published: Mar. 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM EST|Updated: Apr. 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM EDT
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Jeffrey Mundt (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
Jeffrey Mundt (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
Murder victim Jamie Carroll (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
Murder victim Jamie Carroll (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
Joseph Banis
Joseph Banis

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The other person charged in the death of a man found buried in the basement of an Old Louisville home testified against his former boyfriend Monday.

Jeffrey Mundt was the first witness to take the stand on the fifth day of Joseph Banis' murder trial. Both men are charged with killing Jamie Carroll in 2009, then stuffing his body in a 50-gallon Rubbermaid bin and burying it in the basement of Mundt's home.

Banis' attorneys argue Mundt was the one who killed Carroll because he was jealous Banis and Carroll were having sex. Mundt testified Monday that both he and Banis were looking for someone to have sex with when Banis invited Carroll over from his home in Lexington.

He says when Carroll first arrived that night in December 2009, all three were in the bedroom, watching porn and messing around with each other. At some point, Carroll leaves to check into his hotel room. When he returns, Mundt told the jury he and Carroll were on the bed messing around. That's when he testified Banis walked over. "We thought (Banis) was going to do something (sexual) to me or Jamie. I'm thrown off and I hit my head."

Mundt told the jury he tried to get up. "Jamie was screaming Joey's name over and over again. Joey had a knife at Jamie's throat and was slashing it." That's when Mundt told the jury Banis picked up a gun and shoots Carroll, "I believe twice."

After, Mundt tells the jury Banis threatened his life if he didn't help dispose of the body.

WAVE 3's Jaimie Weiss is live tweeting Mundt's testimony from the courthouse. Follow her on Twitter @JaimieWeiss. She'll have a full wrap of Monday's testimony on WAVE 3 News starting at 5.

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