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Graphic testimony in trial of man accused of murdering sex partner

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Hog tied, knees broken and body stuffed in a plastic container -- that's just some of what prosecutors say Joseph Banis and Jeffrey Mundt did when they murdered their sex partner, Jamie Carroll.

Banis is currently on trial -- he and Mundt are being tried separately.  The defense said in court that Carroll was not just their sex partner -- he was also their meth dealer.

Carroll was found buried in the basement of the couple's Old Louisville home in June of 2010.  Prosecutors say he had been there since December of 2009, and that's when they met for sex and the meth deal. 

Carroll was stabbed, and his body was shot and mangled with a sledgehammer, then stuffed into a 50-gallon plastic container.

Josh Schneider, Asst. Commonwealth Attorney, said Tuesday, "Jamie Carroll spent approximately six months in a 50-gallon Rubbermaid container covered in lime, sealed shut with foam, strapped with duct tape, so no one could spell his corpse."

Carroll's body was discovered when Banis went to police after the couple had an argument. He was going there trying to strike a plea deal. Now the couple is pointing the finger of blame at one another. 

Justin Brown, Banis' Attorney, said, "I'm here to tell you that Joey is guilty....Yes, he assisted in moving Jamie's body, and those actions haunt him every day."

Brown continued:  "He will also testify to what he is not guilty of, and that is assisting in any way or carrying out on his own the brutal and senseless and horrific stabbing and shooting of James Carroll."

The defense paints a picture of drugs and jealously culminating in Carroll's death. They say Banis met Carroll on a website for gay men, and that Carroll came to Mundt's Old Louisville home for a night of sex and meth with both men.

But, the defense says, Mundt became jealous when he was excluded from intercourse.  Brown says, "Joey did not wish to settle down or to be exclusive or monogamous with anyone, Jamie or Mundt."

Prosecutors say after the murder the couple buried the body in the basement of their home. 
Schneider says, "Jamie Carroll was the kind of guy no one would miss, and Mundt and Banis knew this."

The death only came to light in June of 2010, when officers responded to a domestic fight between Banis and Mundt.  Banis would confess, trying to get a deal.  As LMPD Sgt. Trey McKnight explained in court, "He said he knew about a homicide that we had no record of that had never been brought up."

Now the couple will testify against each other.

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