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Man To Serve 25 Years For Killing Roommate

7:56 AM, Dec 16, 2013   |    comments
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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- A Kannapolis man will spend at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing his roommate to death and stuffing the man's body in the trunk of his own car.

The Salisbury Post reports that 37-year-old Jasper Joe Whitman was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Authorities say Whitman killed 52-year-old Davis Gilyard Jr. in 2012. Prosecutors say Whitman was seen on surveillance video the day that Gilyard's body was discovered and that he appeared to be driving the dead man's car.

Whitman's father told authorities his son had come to his house with blood on him and said he had stabbed someone.

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