Coroner releases name of body found in basement - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Coroner releases name of body found in basement

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Fox 41 News has learned the name of a man whose body was found in the basement of a home on S. 4th Street.

On Friday, Louisville Metro Police arrested Joseph Banis and Jeffrey Mundt after their domestic dispute turned into a murder investigation. During the dispute between the two, who were involved in a homosexual relationship, officers discovered that a body had been buried in a tub in the basement.

The coroner's office has now positively ID'd that body as James Carroll, age 37. They don't know where he's from, but his mother resides in Allen, Ky. He died of several stab wounds and a single gunshot wound.

"Apparently this individual was involved sexually in a relationship," said Louisville Metro Police Detective Barry Wilkerson. "They had made some sort of plan to rob him of narcotics. And during that robbery, that's when the murder was committed and [they] decided to bury body in the basement of their residence."

Police are still trying to figure out the details - but right now have charged Banis and 38-year-old Jeffrey Mundt with murder among other charges.

Police believe the man was shot and stabbed sometime in December.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.

Banis and Mundt have been in the news before.

In April, they were arrested in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency hotel after they were allegedly found with roughly $55,000 in counterfeit money, a suspected date rape drug, several handguns and fake IDs.

Click HERE to see Fox 41's original story on Banis and Mundt.

According to the Chicago Police, 38-year-old Jeffrey Mound (of the 1400 blk. of S. 4th St.) and 38-year-old Joseph Banis (of the 1200 blk.. of Wellington Pl.) were taken into custody on when Mundt allegedly approached the hotel doorman and tried to exchange a fake bill for smaller denominations.

When police arrived, they discovered that Banis was armed with a weapon. Both men were placed into custody.

Upon searching their room, police found the weapons, fake IDs and counterfeit cash. They also found a "clear liquid" in a glass bottle container. Police believe this liquid to be GHB, more commonly referred to as a "date rape" drug.

Banis was charged with the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a fake identification card, misdemeanor theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a weapon without a Firearm Owner's Identification Card.

Mundt is charged with theft and possession of a fictitious or altered ID card.

Both men were arraigned in Cook County Criminal Court yesterday. Mundt's bond was set at $50,000. The judge set Banis's bond at $200,000. The Cook County State Attorney's Office is now investigating the case.

Police say they do not know what the men planned to do with the weapons, cash drugs or IDs.

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