Evidence reveals chilling details in Compton case - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Evidence reveals chilling details in Compton case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Prosecutors have released several hours of recorded interviews between Louisville Metro Police investigators and a man accused of murdering an 18-year-old Sullivan University student.

Gregory O'Bryan is charged with murder, sodomy, and abuse of a corpse in the death of Andrew Compton.  The two met online, and O'Bryan told police Compton died during sex.

Investigators searched for his body at an Indiana landfill for ten days, but never found it.

O'Bryan's trial has now been set for January of 2012.

In the four-hour police interview released to the media Thursday, Gregory O'Bryan described his relationship to Compton to police investigators, claiming that he cared more about Compton than his own parents did.

"I know that I care about him more than they do, because this is devastating me," O'Bryan said. "Or the same, I think I care about him the same...or something like...it just devastates me."

O'Bryan said he met Compton on a gay dating website, and that Compton was trying to keep the relationship secret.

"I think he was really trying to hide me," O'Bryan said. "We didn't talk. I asked if he had a cell phone and he said he didn't have one.  It was all just Adam for Adam. He would message me. They said the reason he never told me he had a cell phone was because he was hiding it from his parents."

O'Bryan told investigators that, on the night of their last encounter, Compton asked him to pick him up and have vodka, marijuana, and popper -- a type of nitrate drug -- with him. They then went to the apartment to have sexual relations, drink and smoke.

Later in the police interview, O'Bryan seemed to change his story.  "Is there any way I can get a deal out of this if I tell you what really happened?" he asked.

He went on to explain that, during his sexual encounter with Compton, he placed Compton in a "strange position" on the couch and at some point, Compton's neck was broken.

"I tried to bring him back to life," he said. "I started crying and was like, 'please come back to life.'"

When asked if he got scared when he saw what happened, O'Bryan said he was not scared, "just sad."

"When I was disposing of his body, I noticed his neck was broken and I think it was the position I had him in," he said.

O'Bryan said he got so drunk he passed out and later woke up crying next to Compton. He said he later put his body in an old television box.

"I put him in a box and I had this nice rug in the bedroom," O'Bryan said. "I did everything I could to make it nice...I even had a coat in the trunk of my car that I put around him and I know that's a horrible way to get rid of someone, but I didn't want to get in trouble. I know that he wouldn't have wanted me to get in trouble."

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