An Indiana man choked and killed his roommate and police say the suspect accused the victim of having “some sort of Satan in him.”
On May 18, officials said George Batey, 60, punched Michael Bachar, 43.
Bachar defended himself by grabbing Batey by the throat and telling him to stop and apologize, authorities said.
According to The Times, Bachar said Batey “had some sort of Satan in him” and Batey “wasn’t going to stop until he (Bachar) made him stop.”
A witness provided an audio recording, where Bachar repeatedly tells Batey to apologize for destroying items in the home and Batey offered an apology, officials said.
However, Batey later says he did not mean it. Moments later, the witness asked if Batey was dead.
According to the witness, Bachar put Batey in a chokehold twice.
Bachar told police he didn’t really care if Batey died and knew it could happen, but it was not his intention.
Batey was treated by medical personnel at the scene and then taken to the hospital, police said. According to authorities, Batey was removed from life support and died on May 19.
An autopsy revealed he died from asphyxiation and a loss of oxygen to the brain. His death was ruled a homicide, officials said.
Bachar now faces a murder charge, as well as felony strangulation in connection to Batey's death, officials said.