Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Update: Cops: Men arrested for killing roommate, wrapping him in plastic

Two Chester men have been arrested in connection with the death of their former roommate, Toby Gale Jr., whose dead body was found beaten and wrapped in trash bags Thursday in a vacant lot at the foot of the Commodore Barry Bridge, according to police.

Update: Cops: Men arrested for killing roommate, wrapping him in plastic

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Two Chester men have been arrested in connection with the death of their former roommate, Toby Gale Jr., whose dead body was found beaten and wrapped in plastic Thursday in a vacant lot at the foot of the Commodore Barry Bridge, according to police.

For reasons unknown, Brian Anderson, 21, allegedly hit Gale, 19, in the head with a hammer at the home they once shared on West Third Street near Central Avenue. A third roommate, Donier White, 20, helped Anderson get rid of Gale’s body, according to court documents.

Police say both men confessed to their alleged crimes and were charged on Saturday with murder, conspiracy, abuse of a corpse and related offenses.

According to court documents, Gale roomed with Anderson and White earlier this year but was not currently staying at their house. It’s unclear why he had returned or what sparked the fatal beating.

Gale’s body, which was wrapped in black trash bags with a blanket covering the head, was discovered by city workers around 11:11 a.m. Thursday in a lot on Central Avenue between the Delaware River and Route 291.

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