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Monday, April 01, 2013

Suspect in London, ON double murder has manslaughter conviction


Suspect in London, ON double murder has manslaughter conviction


DALE CARRUTHERS | QMI AGENCY
LONDON, ON -- A city man who killed his business partner with a hammer and buried the body in a barn a decade ago is charged with a grisly double homicide.Jason Cleveland, 38, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of committing an indignity to a human body after police found the bodies of two men inside a west-end apartment Saturday.
Cleveland was sentenced to six years in jail in 2005 after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 2003 death of Mark Masotti.
Police found Masotti's decomposed body buried in hole in a rented barn near Lambeth, ON, that he and Cleveland used for their car-detailing business.

Cleveland was arrested Saturday night and appears in court Tuesday, said London lawyer Gordon Cudmore, who's representing Cleveland. He confirmed the bodies were found in Cleveland's apartment.
Cudmore represented Cleveland in 2005.

Police used a large plastic bin with wheels to remove remains from the 12-storey apartment building Sunday. It took three people to lift the blue container into the back of a van.
Resident Megan Milam, 21, was at a friend's fourth-floor apartment watching television Saturday night when a strong odour filled the floor.
"It was the smell of death... You know the smell of death when you smell it," said Milam, a building resident for four years.
"There was a pungent smell -- a smell you couldn't get out of your nose."
It was that odour that brought police to the apartment Saturday about 4:15 p.m.
"Obviously that smell attracted attention and that's why we were there in the first place," Const. Ricardo Juliao said Sunday.
Police haven't released the names of the victims, saying only that both knew the suspect.
Investigators aren't looking for any other suspects.
It wasn't known when Cleveland was released from prison after serving his manslaughter sentence.

At his sentencing in 2005, he said Masotti, 50, attacked him with a screwdriver on the Easter weekend 2003 while they argued over their business.
Cleveland picked up a hammer and hit Masotti twice on the head and buried the body under the barn floor.

Cleveland, 28 at the time, sold Masotti's Mercedes, cleaned out his bank account and told several people he had killed his missing business partner.
Cleveland was arrested November 2003 after police found him hiding in a freezer in the home of a woman he met at a bar two weeks earlier.
"If I could change the way things happened, I would do so," Cleveland told the court at his sentencing. "I can't believe I'm here."
This is the first London homicide investigation of 2013 and the first case of a double homicide in the city in nearly seven years.
The last double homicide was May 29, 2006, when John Daubs intentionally drove his car into the path of an oncoming dump truck on Clarke Rd., killing himself and daughters Ashley, 15, and Stephanie, 12.
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