A man in Indiana told a 911 dispatcher he fatally shot a man and left him in his bathtub for a week, saying “there’s a guy dead in my house.”
Dwight Shotts, 42, was arrested Monday after he called 911 and confessed to killing Anthony Cline, a missing 35-year-old man whose truck was found abandoned about a block from Shotts’ home, WTXF reports.
“What’s going on today?” a dispatcher asked Shotts.
“Well, this is a rough one,” he replied, according to a transcript of the call obtained by the station. “I don’t know how I’m gonna explain it. There’s a guy dead in my house.”
Shotts then admitted that there had been an “altercation” in the home.
“It’s been a while back and I didn’t know what to do,” Shotts said. “I panicked, put him in the tub and now he’s been in the tub, and now he stinks. I don’t know what to do.”
The man had been in the tub for a week, Shotts said.
“OK, and what happened?” the dispatcher continued. “Did you shoot him?”
“Yes,” Shotts replied, according to the transcript, adding that he was suicidal.
Shotts surrendered at his home to responding officers, who found Cline’s body in the tub. He later told police he had arranged to buy $500 worth of oxycodone from Cline, but recanted his confession, claiming a gunman killed Cline to collect “monies owed” for the transaction, WTXF reports.
“Shotts claimed the shooter had killed (Cline) and gave him the gun on his way out the door,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Detective Daniel Kepler wrote in a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Indianapolis Star.
Shotts stuck with the purported alibi despite the fact that he confessed to killing Cline twice, once to a police dispatcher and a second time to a cop at his home.
“Shotts had no answer as to why he was suicidal about what someone else did,” Kepler wrote.
Shotts remained held on murder charges at the Marion County Jail as of Thursday, jail records show.