MAITLAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Authorities in central Florida say a man was stabbed to death by his former housemates over a stolen PlayStation.
Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said 22-year-old Jake Bilotta and 21-year-old Ian McClurg coaxed Joshua Barnes, 24, to the home they shared in Maitland. Investigators say he was lured under the premise of going to a party, and then stabbed several times with a chef's knife.
The sheriff says a third housemate called deputies after arriving home and finding Bilotta putting a body in plastic bags. Lemma says he'd previously lived at the home and the pair suspected him of stealing the game console.
Bilotta and McClurg were arrested on homicide charges Tuesday. They made their first appearances before a judge on Wednesday. Bilotta walked into court using a cane -- his left wrist in a brace and his knuckles bruised. McClurg followed after him, not looking too concerned.
"It is the most bizarre and disgraceful act that one can imagine," said Lemma.
Barnes lived with the defendants briefly, but he moved out a few weeks ago. Bilotta and McClurg are now being held without bond and both are scheduled to return to court next month.