Convicted killer to lose computer

March 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 14 (UPI) -- Lawyers for a man facing trial in a bizarre Louisville, Ky., killing say his former lover and co-defendant has been tampering with online evidence.

A judge ordered authorities Wednesday to take away Joseph Banis's laptop computer, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported. Lawyers Ted Shouse and Steve Romines said Banis used the computer to alter a profile of Jeffrey Mundt on a social networking site and that someone had been trying to look at Mundt's credit rating.

Mundt and Banis lived together in a Louisville townhouse where the body of James Carroll was found buried in the basement. Prosecutors say Mundt and Banis killed Carroll after a three-way session of sex and drugs.

The former lovers have turned on each other. Mundt testified at Banis's trial, blaming Banis for the killing and saying he helped dispose of the body out of fear. Banis entered a guilty plea Monday after he was convicted, agreeing to testify against Mundt in return for a sentence of no more than 20 years.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mitch Perry ordered the computer to be taken away by Friday.

Another hearing is to be held later in March.

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