Following the gruesome death of a Florida woman who was found stuffed in a plastic bin in a closet in her apartment, a man who was staying with the woman and her boyfriend has been arrested and is facing charges that include second-degree murder.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the body of Aisha Levy, 25, was discovered in her Jacksonville apartment on Dec. 20, Action News Jax reports. Levy’s boyfriend reportedly arrived at their home to find blood all over the house; he told police that the apartment smelled heavily of bleach and that his handgun was missing.
An arrest report states that police located the young woman’s body in a closet, where it had been wrapped up and placed in a plastic storage bin, according to News 4 Jax.
Police have since identified Markas Fishburne, who was staying with Levy and her boyfriend at their apartment, as a suspect in her killing. Fishburne, 25, was arrested on Dec. 21 on charges of second-degree murder, possession of a weapon by a felon, and tampering with evidence, The Florida Times-Union reports. He was taken into custody at a Greyhound bus station in Jacksonville, where he was preparing to board a bus headed to Indiana, according to the outlet.
At the time of Levy’s murder, Fishburne was staying with the couple because he’d fallen on hard times, the girl’s parents said, according to Action News Jax.
“She didn’t realize, I think, that she was inviting a monster into her home,” said Marlow Levy, Aisha Levy’s father.
An official cause of death has yet to be released. However, the results of an early investigation suggest that Levy endured blunt force trauma prior to her death, and that there may have been a struggle, The Florida Times-Union reports.
Speaking to News 4 Jax, Marlow Levy described Aisha as “our family’s princess.” She was a “Marvel fanatic” and a “girly girl” who loved makeup, he said.
“She was still finding her way through the world, but she was happily trying to figure out the world and trying to figure out herself. But she was a beautiful person," Marlow Levy told the outlet. "To us, she really was special and she was a light to us. And whenever she was around, she smiled, she laughed a lot.”
Fishburne is scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment on Jan. 13, but he has yet to be formally charged, PEOPLE reports.
He was convicted of domestic battery one week before Levy’s murder for head-butting his father twice during an argument, according to The Florida Times-Union. The outlet reports that he pleaded no contest and was sentenced to one year of probation, in addition to a judge ordering him to submit to a mental health evaluation and undergo anger management courses.
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