Last week, the body of a man who went missing a year ago was found encased in concrete and buried in the backyard of his own home. Carl Spencer, 27, of Hartville, Ohio, was arraigned on Monday for the murder of the victim, his 25-year-old roommate Nicholas Stein. According to charging documents, prosecutors believe that Spencer (pictured) pushed Stein down a flight of stairs after a love triangle turned deadly.
According to People, Stein’s remains were found in a plastic container inside the concrete, buried six feet under. Cadaver dogs assisted in the search.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Spencer’s lawyer, Derek Lowry, said Spencer will be pleading not guilty. The lawyer declined to make any additional comments on the case. The Associated Press reported that Spencer was jailed on $5 million bond.
Kristen Lain, 28, reported Stein missing last year. She, Stein and another man living in the home, Bryan Gentry, were embroiled in a love triangle, according to the Associated Press. Lain told police she believed that Spencer threw Stein down a flight of stairs over sexually charged statements Stein made about her.
The day after Stein’s disappearance, she said Stein became obsessed with the removal and burning of the basement stairs.
According to People, Stein and Spencer were crashing in the same room together. Stein was reportedly feeling upset and rejected over Lain, who reportedly refused to stop sleeping with Gentry.
Not long after, Spencer rented an excavator, which was confirmed by police, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
[Photo: Stark County Sheriff's Office]