Florida man chopped up roommate’s body with hunting knife, police say

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WFLA — Police say a Florida man confessed to killing and dismembering his roommate, who was reported missing last month. 

NBC 2 reports Eric Dacosta, 52, was arrested after he confessed to killing his roommate Paul Darmetko, 42, of Fort Lauderdale whose body was found at the Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area in Hendry County on Oct. 7.

Dacosta told police Darmetko was mentally ill and had gone into a rage and threatened to kill him. He had made similar threats to kill Dacosta and Darmetko’s ex-wife in the past, Dacosta said, according to police.

Police said fired one round from a .22 caliber Ruger handgun, hitting Darmetko in the back of the head. Then he placed a plastic bag over his head and tied it shut with a belt.

Dacosta then took a hunting knife and cut his roommate’s body into pieces, then placed his body parts into plastic bags, which he dumped at the wildlife preserve.

He later told police he probably could have left the home safely without killing Darmetko.

Further information was not immediately available. 

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