09/17/2014 09:43 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Memphis Man Says Neighbor Had Severed Head In Bag, Tried To Trick Him Into Disposing It

A Memphis man says that his neighbor tried to dupe him into unknowingly disposing of a severed head and other body parts.

Lacedric Ruffin said he went over to Michael Wilson, Jr.'s house last weekend to pick up some scrap metal that the man offered him. He told WREG that while they were loading the metal onto his truck, a bag ripped and a severed head tumbled out.

“I’m like, man, what the hell you got going on, bro? He said something like he didn’t mean to kill him. I said, kill who, brother? I don’t want to know who that is, I don’t want to know. You don’t got to tell me,” Ruffin said. “If that bag hadn’t busted, I would have had a head going to the junk yard.”

There were also severed hands in the bag. Wilson reportedly pleaded with his neighbor not to tell anyone, but Ruffin, who is on parole, immediately called police because he wanted nothing to do with it.

Wilson is charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. The body has been identified as 48-year-old Andre Cole.

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