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Man accused of dumping body in box arraigned, indicted

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man accused of putting his roommate’s body in a box and dumping it in the woods has been indicted on several charges. 

Derek Roark was in court Thursday. He turned himself in earlier this week in Montgomery County. He is accused of tampering with the body of a man who police believe overdosed on heroin. 

The body of 55-year-old Jeffrey Kingdon was found earlier this month in a wooden box along South Park Drive in South Louisville. Police charged Derek Roark with tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. 

The warrant states that after Kingdon overdosed, Roark performed CPR on him and revived him, but refused to let witnesses call for help. 

According to the warrant, when Kingdon died, Roark put the body in a box and dumped it in the woods. Roark is originally from Rowan County, and said in court that he owns a business. 

The judge ordered him held on a $100,000 bond, but said he could be released from jail if he posts 10 percent of that amount. Roark said he didn't plan to post bond because his family needs money to live on. 

The judge ruled that if Roark does post bond he will not be given a public defender in this case. 

Roark was indicted Thursday afternoon on charges of tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse, and being a persistent felony offender. 

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