Man charged with killing brother with sword - WKRN News 2

Man charged with killing brother with sword

Posted: Updated: Aug 17, 2012 10:31 PM CDT
Charles Masters, 33, is charged with criminal homicide. Charles Masters, 33, is charged with criminal homicide.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Nashville man has been arrested and charged with criminal homicide for the gruesome murder of his brother.

Officers discovered Jordan Masters' body Thursday night at an apartment at the Cedars at Elm Hill Apartments off Briley Parkway.

He had suffered multiple lacerations and his head was partially severed, police said.

Investigators believe he was killed last weekend following an altercation with his brother, Charles Masters.

Police said Charles Masters called 911 around 10:30 p.m. to report a body in his apartment.

Responding officers found Jordan Masters, 28, on the living room floor.

Charles Masters, 33, was also present and made several unsolicited statements acknowledging he was responsible for killing Jordan, including that he had been laying with his brother's body for the last couple of nights hoping that he would wake up and everything would be fixed.

A sword believed to be used in the murder was also recovered, police said. 

The exact reason for the altercation between the brothers remains under investigation.

Nashville's News 2 spoke with neighbor Reggie Moore regarding the gruesome incident.

"It seems like it's sort of unreal, like it was in a movie," he said. "The one that did the killing, I spoke to him every day."

Resident Richard White said he immediately contacted the complex manager after he returned home to discover a bio hazard sign he noticed on his neighbor's door.

"I called them and I was like, ‘Hey what's going on? Is this going to be a problem?' They were like, ‘No, don't worry about it, it's nothing,'" White said.

Moore added, "Most of the time it's very calm and quiet so it's just not something you'd expect to just even happen."

Police said Jordan Masters worked at the Residence Inn motel on nearby on Elm Hill Pike and Briley Parkway.

Charles Masters is unemployed.  He is being held in the Metro jail in lieu of $750,000 bond.

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