A 28-year-old man has been charged with the stabbing death of his roommate at their East Nashville home Sunday.
It happened around noon at a home on Barclay Drive, not far from Shelby Bottoms.
Metro police reported Clint Osborn has been charged with criminal homicide in what investigators described as the “brutal” stabbing of his housemate, 61-year-old Alan Edwards.
Two of Edwards’ friends received odd text messages from his phone Sunday and went to the home to check on him, according to Metro police.
Metro police said Osborn answered the door and let the friends inside, where they found Edwards’ bed had been stripped of its sheets and a female friend of Osborn’s in the home.
Osborn admitted to the friends he had been sending messages from Edwards’ phone, officials said.
One of the friends called police and when officers arrived at the home to investigate, no one answered the door and they were forced to make their way inside, according to a press release.
Detectives found Osborn and a woman inside the home along with visible blood stains and the odor of decomposition.
After obtaining a search warrant, Edwards’ body was found in a basement closet stuffed into a large, plastic container that had been covered and duct taped closed, according to Metro police.
Metro police said Edwards was “brutally” stabbed to death.
Neighbors were concerned as the death investigation continued at the home for over 15 hours.
“It just seems like a very weird situation to have that many cop cars in a pretty quiet residential area,” said neighbor Katie Suddeth.
During an interview with police, the woman made statements that implicated Osborn in the murder. Osborn refused to answer any questions.
The 61-year-old was supposed to host a Memorial Day barbeque. Instead, friends gathered outside the Edwards home to create a memorial of flowers and posters on a white picket fence.
Natali Efstathiou said, “He was always there. like you could always count him.”
It’s possible, friends say, that Edwards was trying to help Osborn.
“He invested in people that were seemingly hopeless and without a future, and with no guarantee of return,” said Gardner.