Suspect Kills Man And Mutilates Body, But Also Takes Care Of Victim's Dog: Police

08/28/2014 02:12 pm ET | Updated Aug 28, 2014
Baltimore Police Department

A Maryland man is in custody after allegedly beating a man to death and setting his body on fire. In a bizarre turn, police say the suspect walked the dead man's dog in before torching the victim's remains on a quiet street.

Baltimore man Lawrence Coverdale, 43, was arrested Saturday on a charge of first degree murder, the Baltimore Police Department said on Twitter.

The Baltimore Sun first reported that fire fighters were called to an alley fire early morning last Friday. They arrived to discover the burning body of 54-year-old Nathaniel Quarterman, who'd allegedly been fatally beaten by Coverdale.

In a police report obtained by The Sun, authorities said Quarterman died from "blunt force trauma" following an argument with Coverdale at the victim's home.

Police said Coverdale took Quarterman's dog for a walk following the deadly altercation.

The suspect then returned, dragged the man's body from the home, and set his body on fire, according to WJZ.

It is unknown what relationship, if any, the suspect and victim had. Police said Coverdale also assaulted a witness who attempted to call police.

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