Ex-partner of murder suspect testifies in trial - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ex-partner of murder suspect testifies in trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a bizarre love triangle that ended with an Old Louisville couple's sex partner and drug dealer dead.

Today, one man testified against his ex-lover -- and the man accused in the murder of James Carroll.

Jeffrey Mundt is testifying against his former partner, Joseph Banis, telling the same basic story as Banis, but saying the characters traded roles.

Banis told police Mundt became jealous when Banis and Carroll were having sex, but Mundt testified today that it was the exact opposite scenario. He said he told that same story to police in June 2010 after Banis went to police.

Now, the tables are turning.

"Why would things not be clear in your previous statements to the detectives?" asked Defense attorney Darrell Wolff.
 
"Because I lied to the detectives," Mundt said.
 
"You lied to them? Over and over and over and over again you lied to Detective Lester and Detective King in this case?" the attorney asked.
 
"Yes sir," Mundt replied.
 
Mundt said Banis got into a fight with Carroll and started slashing at his throat before shooting him. He said Banis threatened his cats, his family and his own life if he said anything about the body that was buried in their basement for six months. 
 
He did admit to helping move Carroll's body after Banis supposedly used a sledge hammer on Carroll's legs to get him to fit in the plastic tub. He said Banis locked him up and made him dig a hole to bury Carroll in -- one big enough to fit him in it too, if he ever said anything.
 
The defense also pointed out that Mundt took a plea deal to avoid the death penalty, something Banis still faces.

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